HC Deb 15 December 1953 vol 522 cc202-3
58. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Minister of Works in respect of which Royal Palaces he estimates that £20,000 will be received for admission fees during the next financial year.

Sir D. Eccles

The estimate for the current financial year covers fees for admission to Hampton Court, Kensington, and Kew Palaces, and Holyrood House.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

In order to increase the income from fees and to enable the public to enjoy what would be a most popular concession, will the Minister make representations to the appropriate authorities to see whether suitable parts of Buckingham Palace can be open to the public, especially during the next few months?

Sir D. Eccles

The opening of Buckingham Palace to the public is a matter for the Royal Prerogative. The answer, therefore, is "No."

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