I take it that the hon. and gallant Member refers to the buildings being erected for the main exhibition of the Festival of Britain on the South Bank. The Festival of Britain Office are working in the fullest collaboration with the contractors, consultant engineers and others concerned, and with them are watching progress closely. They fully realise that there is no time to spare if the exhibition buildings are to be completed in time for the opening of the Festival, but I am satisfied that everything is being done to ensure the completion of the building programme. When I visited the site the other day I was very much impressed by the way the workers on this job are putting their hearts into it.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of the architect's plans are several weeks behind in being delivered, and as he is jeopardising the taxpayers' money in any case, would it not be better to drop this scheme once and for all?
Very wide circles. I suggest to hon. Gentlemen that when, with a united party effort—it was united at any rate, and I hope it will remain so—we are taking steps which will much benefit the country in many ways, I think that hon. Gentlemen—especially the hon. Gentleman who has just put that one—ought not to try to crab them.