HC Deb 10 March 1970 vol 797 c1105
26. Mr. Wellbeloved

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works if he has decided to permit the holding of further pop concerts in the Royal Parks this year.

Mr. John Silkin

As the previous concerts in Hyde Park were much enjoyed by many young people, I have decided to allow two more to be held in this park this summer.

Mr. Wellbeloved

Will my right hon. Friend accept the congratulations of the House in sticking to his guns in this matter? It is highly desirable that there should be a balance between the maintenance of proper order in the parks and their use by the citizens of this country.

Mr. Silkin

I do not know about sticking to my guns. If my hon. Friend will forgive me, I think I was rather playing it by ear. My task is to combine the rest and relaxation feature of the parks with their enjoyment by so many people.

Sir A. V. Harvey

Will the right hon. Gentleman ask his hon. Friend whether he proposes to have breathalysers available?

Mr. Silkin

The matter of breathalysers is a question for my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and not for my hon. Friend.