Lord Mayor's Procession (Traffic Dislocation).

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

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Photo of Mr Oswald Lewis Mr Oswald Lewis , Colchester

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the extent of the dislocation of traffic both within and without the boundaries of the City on the occasion of the Lord Mayor's Show; and whether he has any proposals for diminishing the public inconvenience on such occasions in future?

Photo of Mr John Simon Mr John Simon , Spen Valley

This procession inevitably gives rise to a certain amount of inconvenience; the whole question was carefully reviewed in consultation with the City authorities in 1933, and since then every effort has been made to minimise the inconvenience caused to the public. This year the distance traversed was approximately one mile less than in 1932, and the length of the procession was about 170 yards shorter. I am informed by the Commissioners both of the City and of the Metropolitan Police that the delay and dislocation of traffic this year were considerably less than in previous years.

Photo of Mr Oswald Lewis Mr Oswald Lewis , Colchester

Could not far more people see the show, and much less inconvenience and dislocation of traffic be caused, if the show were held on a Saturday afternoon; and will the right hon. Gentleman consider that suggestion?

Photo of Mr John Simon Mr John Simon , Spen Valley

I will convey the hon. Gentleman's suggestion to the appropriate authorities.

Photo of Sir Thomas Bowater Sir Thomas Bowater , City of London

Is it not a well-known fact that it would not be possible to hold the show on a Saturday afternoon, as it must be held on a particular day, and is there any man or woman in this country who would like the Lord Mayor's Show done away with?