Procession (Seats).

Oral Answers to Questions — The Coronation. – in the House of Commons on 12th November 1936.

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Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

asked the Lord President of the Council what control, if any, the Government propose to have over seats to view the Coronation procession; and whether, if the prices charged are excessive, they will consider changing the route of the procession and controlling the prices charged?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Combined Scottish Universities

As I stated in the House last Thursday in reply to the hon. and gallant Member for Salford, South (Major Stourton), the question of seats to view the Coronation procession is, at the present time, under the consideration of the Coronation Committee. The Government has, however, no power of control over seats on private property. As regards the latter part of the question, the suggestion made by the hon. Member seems to me to be quite impracticable.

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that the general information is that any private person is unlikely to be able to get seat to see the procession, except at a very high fee, and does he realise that that will cause grave discontent among many of His Majesty's subjects?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Combined Scottish Universities

Perhaps the hon. Baronet will Await the report of the Coronation Committee, which is dealing with all these questions.

Photo of Mr Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that during the past few days an official report has been issued stating that none of the seats erected by His Majesty's Office of Works will be available to the public?

Photo of Mr Ramsay Macdonald Mr Ramsay Macdonald , Combined Scottish Universities

I am not aware of that. If it has been published it is inaccurate.

Photo of Mr Ernest Thurtle Mr Ernest Thurtle , Shoreditch

Can the right hon. Gentleman say who is the chairman of the Coronation Committee? Are they satisfied that a really strong man is in that position?