§ 47. Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Lord President of the Council if he will arrange for the "Campania," which is to be used in the Festival of Britain, to pass through the Manchester Ship Canal; and set up some special organisation to ensure that those who are engaged in industry shall see as much as possible of the Exhibition in London.
§ Mr. H. Morrison
No. The Festival ship "Campania" is 70 feet in the beam and the locks of the Manchester Ship Canal are 65 feet wide. My hon. Friend is, therefore, asking me to do the impossible. The Land Travelling Exhibition which is an alternative display will, however, open in Manchester on 3rd May, 1951—the day when the Festival of Britain is declared open by His Majesty the King.
With regard to the second part of the Question, advance booking facilities have been set up for the South Bank Exhibition to enable parties of visitors, including parties from industrial establishments of all kinds, to visit the Exhibition with tickets providing guaranteed admission.