Oral Answers to Questions — State Visits (Processions)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd August 1965.

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Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East 12:00 am, 2nd August 1965

Yes, Sir. I think that it is the habit in every capital of the world that a State visit begins with a State drive, and it would not be convenient for the start of a State visit to take place in the weekend which would make difficult the official contacts and other talks which have to take place. While we are much aware that some inconvenience is caused by these State drives, we have to bear in mind that a great deal of pleasure is given by them and that they fulfil an important international purpose.