HC Deb 16 June 1953 vol 516 cc711-2
13. Mr. Edward Evans

asked the Minister of Works if, when determining the duration of the Coronation decorations, he will have regard to the interests of seaside resorts, particularly those on the East Coast, which were the victims of the disastrous floods and whose economic recovery is already difficult owing to the falling-off of visitors.

Sir D. Eccles

I fully appreciate the difficulties of the East Coast resorts this year, and in deciding how long to retain the Coronation decorations I try to keep in mind all interests concerned. But, I must point out that Her Majesty's Coronation affords the general public the chance of a lifetime, and that to treat it otherwise would arouse justifiable resentment.

Mr. Evans

Has the Minister had representations from the local authorities on the East Coast? Is he aware that there is no date specified in the Question and that we are hoping he will exercise reasonable discretion in this matter because these local authorities are having a very difficult time?

Sir D. Eccles

I have had some representations from those in the amusements business and I am keeping that in mind.