Oral Answers to Questions — Festival of Britain

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd February 1949.

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Photo of Mr Charles Grey Mr Charles Grey , City of Durham 12:00 am, 23rd February 1949

asked the Lord President of the Council why the North-east of England with its dense population and concentrated industry has been omitted from the scheme to celebrate the Festival of Britain in 1951; and whether he will take steps to rectify this omission.

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham East

It is not correct that the North-east has been omitted from the Festival of Britain scheme. Newcastle-upon-Tyne is one of the small number of cities to be visited by the Travelling Exhibition of the Festival; and York has been invited to co-operate as a centre for one of the official Festivals of the arts. The North-east of England is free to promote other celebrations in 1951. The advice of the Festival of Britain Office and of the Arts Council and other bodies concerned in the Festival will be available for this purpose.

Photo of Mr Charles Grey Mr Charles Grey , City of Durham

Has the Lord President of the Council ever heard of a city called Durham?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham East

I understand that Durham has been considering activities. It must be understood that the national organisation cannot itself take responsibility for every city in the land, but it is taking some responsibility for a number. However, I rely a good deal on local initiative and the self-expression of the localities themselves. That is more in accordance with our democracy than universal State umbrellas.

Photo of Major Lyall Wilkes Major Lyall Wilkes , Newcastle upon Tyne Central

Can the Lord President of the Council say how long it is intended that this exhibition should be shown in Newcastle?