§ Mr. Michael Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many State visits have taken place in each of the last five years; and whether ornamental flagstaffs were erected and dismantled in the Mall on each occasion.
§ Mr. Charles R. Morris
The following State visits have taken place:
1969 … … 2 1970 … … Nil 1971 … … 2 1972 … … 3 1973 … … 3 1974 to date … … 2
There were flagstaffs in the Mall for all but two of these. On most occasions the flagstaffs were specially erected and dismantled for a particular visit. However, it was possible on one occasion to leave all the poles in position for two closely spaced visits. On two other occasions when visits took place, shortly before and after the Trooping Ceremony, some posts were left in position while others were resited in Horse Guards Approach Road.