HC Deb 19 March 1951 vol 485 cc2096-7
50. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Prime Minister whether the mayors and other heads of co-operating local authorities will be invited to any of the opening ceremonies in connection with the Festival of Britain.

Mr. H. Morrison

I have been asked to reply. Out of a total of approximately 2,600 seats in St. Paul's Cathedral for the Festival of Britain Service of Dedication on 3rd May, 580 are being allocated to heads of local authorities in the United Kingdom. Together with their ladies, they are also being invited to the South Bank Exhibition on the occasion of the visit of Their Majesties The King and Queen on 4th May.

Mr. Hynd

Will my right hon. Friend ensure that none of those places is given to the heads of any of the local authorities who have disgraced themselves in this connection by allowing political prejudice to override their duty in regard to the Festival?

Mr. Drayson

Have a closed shop.

Mr. Morrison

I am not quite sure whether we have the necessary information, but I am perfectly certain that anybody who has persistently opposed the Festival will have the graciousness not to go.

Mr. George Jeger

Will any Members of Parliament be invited to attend the opening ceremony?

Mr. Morrison

Arrangements are being made through the usual channels in order that there may be appropriate Parliamentary participation.