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Festival Of Britain (Overseas Visitors)

Volume 478: debated on Wednesday 25 October 1950

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asked the Minister of Transport what special arrangements for an increase in shipping space are being made for the transport of overseas visitors to this country for the 1951 Festival of Britain.

The, importance of providing adequate shipping space for all intending visitors in 1951 is fully appreciated by my Department and by the shipping companies with whom we have the closest liaison. The large demand for trans-Atlantic passages this year has been met in a most successful manner. Next year there will be more accommodation on most routes than at any time since the war, but the question whether special arrangements are necessary to supplement any particular services during the peak period, especially on the North Atlantic, will be kept under review. The continental services of British Railways will be augmented, within the limits of available ships, to deal with any additional traffic.