No, Sir. There are considerable practical difficulties in the way of Sunday afternoon opening, and while these can be faced during the summer months when attendances throughout the week are very heavy, I do not feel that I should be justified in continuing the necessary arrangements during the winter when daily attendances drop very steeply and the days are short.
Could not the Tower be opened for two hours in the afternoon? I gather that the British Holiday Travel Association takes the view that there would be a very good response to such an opening during the week-end.
I do not think there would be a very good response. The number of attendances last year fell from 142,649 in September to 44,000 in October, 27,000 in November and 13,000 in December. This indicates that the Tower is nothing like as popular in the winter as it is in the summer. I do not think it would be a good thing to open the Tower of London on Sundays.
Yes, Sir. I think there would be a good return upon the investment, but, as the hon. Gentleman is aware, the Government have found it necessary to restrict investment at the present time.