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Proposed International Exhibition, London

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 25 October 1945

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asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether his attention has been called to the proposals for holding an international exhibition in London to celebrate the centenary of the exhibition of 1851; and whether, in view of the considerable notice which must be given for such an international function of this kind, he will set up a small committee at the earliest opportunity to consider whether the proposal can be implemented and to advise on the necessary action.

Yes, Sir. In view of the important contribution which exhibitions, fairs and other forms of public display might make in the promotion of export trade, I have appointed a Committee to advise me on the policy and plans that should be adopted to derive the maximum advantage from such displays. I have particularly asked for the Committee's views on the suggestion that an International Exhibition should be held in London in 1951.The following are the names of the Committee:The Lord Ramsden, O.B.E. (Chairman).Sir Thomas Barlow, K.B.E. (Chairman, Council of Industrial Design).Sir Peter F. B. Bennett, O.B.E., J.P., M.P. (Member of Parliament, Edg-baston Division of Birmingham).Mr. F. B. Duncan (Director, Gramophone Co., Ltd., etc.).Mr. W. Evans (Director, Chas. H. Challen and Son, Ltd.).Mr. H. Eyles, O.B.E. (Secretary, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce).Mr. Luke Fawcett, O.B.E. (General Secretary, Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers).

Mr. E. W. Goodale, M.C. (of Warner and Sons, Ltd.).

Mr. E. H Lever, F.L.A. (Chairman, Richard Thomas and Co., Ltd., etc.).

Mr. W. Lines (Chairman, Lines Bros, Ltd.).

Sir Guy Locock, C.M.G. (Director, Federation of British Industries).

Mr. J. McLean (of George Wills and Sons, Ltd.).

Mr. J. Davidson Pratt, O.B.E., M.A., B.Sc. (Director and Secretary, Association of British Chemical Manufacturers).

Lieut. Colonel H. Riggall, J.P. (Director, Ruston and Hornby, Ltd.).

Sir Raymond Streat, C.B.E. (Chairman, Cotton Board).

Mr. Kenneth H. Wilson, J.P. (President, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce).