§ The Minister of Works (Sir David Eccles)
On 21st May I decided the charges which were to be made for the use of the stands in the Mall on four ceremonial occasions after the Coronation. Full details of these charges and information as to how seats for the parade on 11th June might be purchased in advance were issued to the Press on 28th May.
I think it only reasonable that those who occupied the stands on these occasions should contribute to the cost of the stands and to the cost of the stewarding necessary if the stands were to be safely used to their maximum capacity.
§ Mr. Dodds
Is it not a fact that before that date the right hon. Gentleman 1676 explained to the House that the prices of the stand seats were to cover the cost to the Government for the Coronation ceremony? How, then, does he explain this second statement that further money was to be received for the use of the stands?
§ Sir D. Eccles
Unfortunately I had to fix the price of the seats in the stands early, because the Commonwealth Governments wished to get information out to the Commonwealth. It was fixed before the last tenders were in, and the last tenders were higher than the first tenders, with the result that I made a loss of a few shillings per seat.