asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, for the greater convenience and pleasure of British citizens as well as visitors from abroad, he will arrange during the period of the Festival of Britain for Kew Gardens to remain open until lighting-up time instead of being closed at 8 p.m.
As the hon. Member is aware, the Royal Botanic Gardens are primarily a scientific institution. They are open to the public from 10 a.m., and from the middle of May until early in August they are not closed until 8 p.m. My right hon. Friend cannot see his way to extend this time.