Mr. Gresham Cooke
As Written Question No. 15 does not appear on my Order Paper, will the Leader of the House read out the Question which he is to answer?
§ Mr. Peart
I am delighted to do so.
The right hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Mr. Turton) put down a Question to ask the Lord President of the Council whether he is now in a position to announce the date of the unveiling of the Churchill Memorial Statue.
May I reply? It has been suggested to me that it would be for the general con
410 venience of Members if I were to answer this Question orally, and this is why I am doing so.
It is proposed that Lady Spencer-Churchill will unveil the statue at 12 noon on 1st December, 1969. I understand that you, Mr. Speaker, will be willing to waive the 10 year rule should this be the wish of the House.
§ Mr. Turton
May I congratulate the right hon. Gentleman on his sense of timing in fixing this ceremony for the day after Sir Winston Churchill's birthday? Is he taking any steps to invite to the ceremony members of Sir Winston Churchill's Administrations who are no longer Members of this House?
§ Mr. Peart
Yes, Sir. I agree with that. We are paying tribute to a great statesman, and guests will include those nominated by Lady Spencer-Churchill, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, former Prime Ministers, members of the Memorial Committee, the Minister of Public Building and Works and the chairman and secretary of the Press Gallery and of Lobby correspondents.