§ 27. Commander Maitland
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he is aware that a book published for the Festival of Britain Office contains a statement making reflections on the attractions of Lincolnshire coastal resorts; if he is aware that these criticisms are without foundation and have caused indignation; why this statement was allowed to be published; and what action he is taking in this matter.
§ 26. Mr. Osborne
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he is aware that a book published for the Festival of Britain Office, copy of which has been sent to him, makes an unwarranted attack on the borough of Cleethorpes; and if he will have these objectionable statements erased from any future publication.
§ The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Stokes)
I am aware that in "East Midlands: A new Guide Book with a Portrait," by W. G. Hoskins, published by Collins for the Festival of Britain Office, there is a reference to Cleethorpes and other seaside towns on the Lincolnshire coast as "a paradise for small children," with the added comment that "Cleethorpes is best avoided by the casual visitor." I do not read these remarks as constituting "an unwarranted attack" on the borough of Cleethorpes, or as making reflections on the attractions of the Lincolnshire coastal resorts, and I do not propose to take any action in the matter.
§ Commander Maitland
Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that these towns are very proud of themselves and of their services to the community? It is really extremely offensive that these statements should be made, and people are extremely indignant and irritated.
§ Mr. Stokes
If the hon. and gallant Member carefully reads the paragraph to which he takes exception, he will see that what I have said is quite correct. Mr. Hoskins is a well-known authority employed by local authorities to publish books on their behalf.
§ Mr. Henry Strauss
Why does the author of this book consider that this coast is in the East Midlands?