HC Deb 30 March 1960 vol 620 cc145-6W
Sir H. Kerr

asked the Prime Minister whether he will now make a further statement on the arrangements for President de Gaulle's Address to Members of both Houses in Westminster Hall on 7th April.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I have been asked to reply.

A large number of Members have signified their intention to be present on this occasion. They will be glad to know that The Queen has been graciously pleased to command that members of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms and of Her Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard shall be on duty in Westminster Hall on this occasion. By permission of the Officers Commanding the Household Cavalry and the Welsh Guards, the State Trumpeters and a band will also be present.

The President will speak in French, but arrangements have been made for an English translation of his Address to be available to all present. The doors of Westminster Hall will be open at 10.50 a.m. and all are asked to be seated by 11.15 a.m. Wives of Members of both Houses may enter the Hall by the Members' Staircase and East Door as well as by the North Door. The House will appreciate that it is not possible to reserve seats individually, but the front rows will be reserved for Ministers and Privy Counsellors.

Parking arrangements will be as normal, except that the Southern half of New Palace Yard will have to be kept clear throughout the morning of April 7. Additional parking space for Members will be available in Great College Street, Little College Street, and Great Peter Street.