asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he contemplates making any special arrangements, and, if so, of what nature, in connection with the Royal parks, to mark the celebration of the Royal Jubilee?
I have no doubt that the Royal parks will be largely used during the forthcoming Silver Jubilee for their normal purpose of providing rest and recreation for the public, as well as for certain special purposes in connection with His Majesty's drives, the chain of bonfires and the police review. I have given permission for an unofficial thanksgiving service to be held in Hyde Park on the afternoon of Sunday, 12th May, but beyond this no permission has been given for any arrangements of an exceptional character.
I would refer the hon. Member to the, answer given to him by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 4th February. The Government are confident that employers are fully sympathetic to the desire that wages should be paid as far as circumstances permit, and that they will show every possible consideration for their work-people.
May I take it that the right hon. Gentleman heard the reply given to my supplementary question just now by the First Commissioner of Works, in regard to the people who will have to work in Hyde Park on Jubilee day; will he be good enough to advise the Government to link these people up with the other Government employés?
It is only fair to remind hon. Members that there is the utmost good will in this matter and that discussions are proceeding between employers and the trade unions concerned. There is, however, very large number of employers in this country who will find it impossible to pay the money that they would be only too glad to pay if they were able.