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Festival Of Britain

Volume 466: debated on Monday 27 June 1949

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asked the Lord President of the Council if he will arrange that the itinerary of the land-borne and sea-borne exhibitions which will tour the United Kingdom under the Festival of Britain, 1951, shall include the City of Aberdeen.

No, Sir. The itinerary of the land-borne and the seaborne travelling exhibition of the Festival of Britain has been considered most carefully in relation to the whole country and, since the whole of the Festival season will be required to cover the agreed itinerary, I regret that no additions can be made to it.

Is not my right hon. Friend aware that this would exclude the whole of the North-East of Scotland, which would do much to contribute to the success of the exhibition? Will he say why that large piece of territory is being excluded?

I am not sure that my hon. and learned Friend is right. The sea-borne exhibition is to visit Greenock and Dundee. I would like to have seen Aberdeen included, but not every port can be covered and I much regret that Aberdeen cannot be included.

Surely the right hon. Gentleman will agree that there is an "organisational" aspect to this question. Is he satisfied that the proposed arrangements are organisationally possible?

If my hon. Friend goes on like that, I shall have to write to the editor of the "Spectator" about it.

Will my right hon. Friend consider arranging for a river-borne exhibition to travel past the coast of the Borough of Brentford and Chiswick up the Thames?

Does the right hon. Gentleman contemplate sending the exhibition to Belfast?

My recollection is that something favourable is happening in regard to Belfast, but I would not like to commit myself without notice.