HC Deb 07 April 1952 vol 498 cc2273-4
39. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Minister of Transport whether, as the result of his discussions with the authorities concerned, the Lord Mayor's Show will in future be held on Saturday in order to minimise its obstruction to London traffic.

Mr. Maclay

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and I are still considering this question.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Will the Minister try to expedite a decision in this matter, which has been under consideration for a very long time, because, by expediting that decision, he will do something to transform what is at present a very great nuisance to the police and the general public into a pleasant Saturday afternoon for a great many schoolchildren and older people as well?

Sir Harold Webbe

Will the Minister remember that Lord Mayor's Day is a function which has taken place for many hundreds of years, and that this matter has been under consideration for hundreds of years? Will he realise that the general public dislike upsetting old-established customs which existed long before the materialistic age in which the hon. and gallant Gentleman opposite speaks?

Mr. Maclay

The hon. and gallant Gentleman can be assured that these considerations have been, and are still being, considered very actively.

Mr. R. J. Mellish

Will the Minister consider putting the Front Bench of the Tory Party in the Lord Mayor's Show, so that the public can have a good laugh?