HC Deb 16 November 1950 vol 480 cc1883-4
46. Mr. Bell

asked the Lord President of the Council whether he will give an assurance that every effort is being made to obtain British amusement devices and machinery for use in connection with the South Bank Exhibition of the Festival of Britain before having recourse to foreign sources of supply.

The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

There will be no amusement devices in the South Bank Exhibition. Mechanical exhibits or displays will all be British made.

Air Commodore Harvey

Has the Lord President studied the details which I sent him of fun fair equipment made in Congleton by a firm which exports it to the United States?

Mr. Morrison

That does not arise on this Question.

Mr. Henry Strauss

Has the right hon. Gentleman seen the statement in today's "Daily Herald" that men are proceeding abroad to buy amusement machinery never before seen in Europe? Can he say why he thinks that Coney Island equipment is suitable for a Festival of Britain and will attract Americans to these shores?

Mr. Morrison

I appreciate the anxiety of some hon. Gentlemen opposite to do all they can to damage the Festival of Britain. [HON. MEMBERS: "Withdraw."] I said "some"—but this Question does not arise out of the Question on the Order Paper.