HC Deb 20 March 1951 vol 485 c2291
40. Sir Richard Acland

asked the Minister of Works whether he is aware that large numbers of visitors on Saturdays pass through the Churchill arch without noticing that it is the Churchill arch; and if he will arrange to display, on days when the Palace of Westminster is open to the public, a suitable notice saying, "Churchill Arch."

Mr. Stokes

There are many points and objects of interest to visitors passing through the Palace of Westminster, and I see no reason to draw special attention to the arch in question in the manner suggested.

Sir R. Acland

Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that this arch is unique in the world? Is he also aware that the custodian on duty reports that on any Saturday scores of visitors, having walked into the Chamber through the arch and out again through the arch, proceed to ask the custodian where the arch is? Does that not indicate the need for some notice drawing attention to it?

Mr. Stokes

I do not think so. Of course, I am in the hands of the House in this matter and if the House wishes it, something will be done. I should have thought it was a dangerous precedent to set. We shall have labels all over the place unless we are careful.

Mr. David Griffiths

Is not my right hon. Friend aware that it is not necessary for the hon. Member for Gravesend (Sir R. Acland) to create any publicity for the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Woodford (Mr. Churchill)?

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