HL Deb 19 December 1963 vol 254 cc415-6

4.5 p.m.


My Lords, on December 5 the Prime Minister made a preliminary statement in another place about a National Memorial to President Kennedy, and I think your Lordships would like me to read a statement that he has made to-day in another place. It is as follows:

"Further discussions have now been held with the right honourable gentle- man the Leader of the Opposition and with the right honourable gentleman the Leader of the Liberal Party"—

that is, in another place—

"and with their agreement Lord Franks has been invited to be the Chairman of a small committee to consider the suggestions that have been and may be made and to recommend what form a Memorial might take. It seems right that we should reach agreement on the form of a Memorial before an appeal for funds is launched.

"My right honourable friend the Prime Minister intends to have further consultations with the right honourable gentleman the Leader of the Opposition about the membership of the committee and arrangements for an announcement will be made as soon as possible. Lord Franks is at present abroad on a private visit but will embark upon this task immediately on his return to this country in the New Year.

"Any communication in connection with a Memorial should be addressed to the Secretary, The President Kennedy Memorial Committee, Cabinet Office, Great George Street, S.W.1."