§ 34. Mr. Lipton
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether, in order to avoid traffic congestion, arrangements will be made to welcome visiting Heads of State at Windsor rather than Victoria.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
State drives from Victoria Station to Buckingham Palace form a traditional part of the ceremonial of State visits and are clearly appreciated both by visitors and the public. It is right that the general public in the capital should have the chance to welcome State visitors. It is the usual practice for the streets involved to be closed from 11.45 a.m. and to be reopened immediately the procession has passed; the rush hours are, therefore, avoided and State drives do not in fact cause excessive disruption.