§ 11. Mr. Blaker
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether in view of the economic importance of the forthcoming Festival of London Stores, he will take special steps in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police to ensure that the free passage of the Festival's inaugural parade through the streets of London on 26th May will not be impeded.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Elystan Morgan)
This is a matter for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, who informs me that the police are in touch with the organisers in planning traffic arrangements.
§ Mr. Blaker
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the festival is important for tourism and exports? Will he consult his right hon. Friends in other Departments to see whether it really is necessary next year to refuse permission for the parade to be held in Hyde Park, where it was held last year? I understand that it would be less of a burden on the police there, and it would provide an attractive spectacle for an hour or so on a public holiday.
§ Mr. Morgan
The question of banning the use of Hyde Park for the purpose is 1598 one for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Public Building and Works. It is for the Commissioner of Police to decide upon the action he considers desirable, and my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has no authority to issue instructions.