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Festival Of Britain

Volume 467: debated on Wednesday 13 July 1949

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asked the Lord President of the Council whether he is aware of the lack of appreciation throughout the country of the value and significance of the great exhibition of 1951; and whether steps can be taken by the Central Office of Information and other appropriate bodies to give out more information about this matter so that interest may be stimulated.

The public has recently been given a good deal of information about plans for the Festival of Britain, 1951, and interest in it is growing rapidly throughout the country, very largely as a result of the meeting of representatives of local authorities in England and Wales held by the Lord Mayor of London on 8th June, and of similar steps taken in Scotland. I would welcome any help from hon. Members and from the Press in stimulating even wider appreciation of the Festival.As regards the second part of the Question, the body responsible for the giving out of information about the Festival is the Festival of Britain Office, who will of course make use of the Central Office of Information and other agencies. The Festival of Britain Office will continue to give out information about the Festival as plans develop.