HC Deb 19 February 1924 vol 169 cc1581-2W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is satisfied that adequate arrangements are being made for the reception and entertainment of the many visitors from overseas who are expected at the British Empire Exhibition; if so, what the arrangements are and who are responsible for the same; and whether a schedule of prices is available. for such visitors to protect them from excessive charges?


I have been asked to reply. I understand that the Exhibition authorities are doing their best to make adequate arrangements in this matter. A register of hotel accommodation has been prepared by Messrs. Thomas Cook and Son, and arrangements have also been made with Messrs. Whitfield, Baker and Company, a firm of house agents, for the compilation of a register of accommodation available in furnished houses and flats, boarding houses, apartments and lodgings. With regard to the third part of the question, I understand that the agents, in whose hands the matter has been placed, will be in a position to answer inquiries as to the charges to he made for the accommodation recorded in their registers. I need hardly say that I shall be very glad to consider any suggestions which my hon. Friend may care to offer as to means of dealing with this question.