Oral Answers to Questions — Festival of Britain

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1949.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 24th October 1949

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will make public the terms of the draft memorandum addressed to him by the Festival of Britain 1951 Committee.

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham East

No, Sir. I should regard any draft submitted to me by the Festival of Britain as confidential.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

In view of the announcement to be made today, are we to assume that the Government do not wish to make public more than is necessary their policy of squandermania?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham East

It is quite improper that Departmental communications to a Minister should reach the hands of Members of Parliament; and I think it is a point for consideration by hon. Members whether, having received them, they should put Questions in the House or should communicate with the Minister about the divulgence of confidential information.