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Festival Of Britain (Sunday Opening)

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 9 November 1950

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47.

asked the Lord President of the Council whether any decision has yet been made about the possible opening of the Festival of Britain on Sundays.

48.

asked the Lord President of the Council whether it is at present intended that the Festival of Britain should be open to the public on Sundays.

49.

asked the Lord President of the Council if the Festival of Britain will be closed to the public on Sundays.

50.

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will give an assurance that the Festival of Britain will not be open on Sundays.

51.

asked the Lord President of the Council if he is aware of the widespread opposition to Sunday opening of the Festival of Britain; and if he will ensure that this does not, in fact, take place.

52.

asked the Lord President of the Council whether all sections of the Festival of Britain are to be open on Sundays.

53.

asked the Lord President of the Council whether it is proposed to open the South Bank Exhibition to the public on Sundays.

54.

asked the Lord President of the Council if he is yet in a position to announce any decision as to the opening of the Festival of Britain exhibition and fun fair on Sundays.

55.

asked the Lord President of the Council whether the Festival of Britain is to be open to the public every Sunday throughout its duration; if so, at what hours; and whether the amusement parks will also be operating during those hours.

I would ask hon. Members to await the statement on this subject which I propose making at the end of Question time.

There is no point in asking a supplementary question now, because a statement is to be made later in answer to these Questions.

Surely it depends on the nature of the supplementary question, Sir. With your permission, Mr. Speaker, may I ask the Lord President if he is aware that his reply on this subject yesterday in which he described the Lord's Day Observance Society as some kind of "pressure group," will cause considerable resentment and that members of this society are just as much entitled to form an instrument for the furtherance of their views as are other people in other fields?

I see no reason whatever to dissent from what Mr. Speaker has said. That question can equally well be put later.