HC Deb 27 March 1968 vol 761 cc1537-8
Mr. Speaker

I have a short announcement to make to the House concerning one of the Sessional Orders. In connection with the funeral at Westminster Abbey on Friday morning of the late Sir Joseph Simpson, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, the police wish to close for a short period, from half-past ten until five past eleven in the morning, the part of Victoria Street from New Scotland Yard to the Abbey. Hon. Members will realise that this is contrary to the Sessional Order, but, in view of the exceptional circumstances, I am prepared to agree to this, and I hope that I shall carry the House with me. For Members who usually use Victoria Street, diversionary routes will be available.