HC Deb 03 April 1951 vol 486 cc11-2
5. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Works what provision is being made to ensure that the workers engaged in the various Festival of Britain features will be adequately and prominently represented at the opening ceremonies.

Mr. Stokes

Fifty representatives of the workers engaged in the preparation of the Festival of Britain Exhibitions are being invited to the Service of Dedication at St. Paul's Cathedral on 3rd May and are being allotted seats which are well placed; and a larger number are being invited to the South Bank Exhibition on the occasion of the first visit of Their Majesties on 4th May.

Mr. Dodds

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this news will be welcomed, and that although there are some unruly elements, the majority of the men have a very big interest in this Exhibition being completed?

Mr. Stokes

I am sure that that is the case.

Mr. Osborne

Has the Minister seen the announcement in "The Times" today that the date may have to be postponed, because the Exhibition will not be ready, and can he make a statement about it?

Mr. Stokes

I have already said that I am making a statement about that.