§ 45. Sir W. Smithers
asked the Lord President of the Council to whom application should be made for Festival interpreters' badges for the period of the Festival of Britain.
§ The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Herbert Morrison)
I assume that the Question refers to newspaper reports of a scheme designed to encourage members of the public to wear badges indicating that the wearer speaks a foreign language. The scheme is not sponsored 1060 by the Festival organisation, nor is it supported by them in any way. It is, I understand, essentially a private commercial venture.
§ Sir W. Smithers
As this question is of such importance as to be answered by the new Foreign Secretary, may I ask him whether he is satisfied that this suggestion is a good one or not; and is he so vain as to think that good suggestions come only from the Socialist Government, and cannot be put forward by private individuals?
§ Mr. Keeling
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman, whom I should like to be allowed to congratulate on his appointment as Foreign Secretary, whether he will normally be answering questions addressed to the Lord President, and if not, who will?
§ Mr. Morrison
That is a question which should be put down to the Prime Minister, who is, of course, responsible for the allocation of duties among his colleagues.