Coronation (1)

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Coronation (1)

(a) Naval Review.

P.M. 

£10.000 for water:  v. excessive.  Charge cd. be made for  accommn in liner.

J.T. 

Ready to cut our Govt. entertaining.

P.M.

  No:  provn must be made for Govt. guests, but on day before & after people can pay.

Sal. 

Doubtful if there is a day left for it, on which Queen cd. attend.

 *P.M.

 { Let us have Review, but Admy must do it cheaper.
   { Sal. to verify tht. day is available wh. suits the Queen.

 (b) R.A.F. Review.

de L. Mildenhall.  Nothing in estimate for oil.
  Fencing, lavs., camp for ground-staff £8.000.  Subsistence & rations £7.000.  Entertment - £1.000.

P.M. 

Consider a charge, to offset expenses.  Submit detailed plan, at lower cost.

Sal.

Doubt, again, if Queen can find a day.  I will consider that.  
  Approved (both) in principle, subject to Queen's pleasure
   & revised estimate of cost.

 (c) Decorations off Route.

D.E

 Many more Govt. bldgs. in provinces:  must cost more than it did
  before.  Don't favour cuttg. Ldn exp're in order to find money for them.  But are Cab. willing tht. Govt bldgs. shd. be bare cpd. with l.a. bldgs.

 (d) Education Authority Expenditure.

F.H.

Gifts to children.  "Reasonable expense" last time.  Suggested limit of   2/6 p. head:  possibly 2/= wd. do. Agreed. 2/=

Sal.

  Even 2/= limit might cost £360.000 on Exchequer – prob. not more than £½ m. in fact.

 (e) Seating in Abbey.

Sim. 

N. wants 880 for H/L. and 650 for H/C. as minima approved at once.
 He can't delay some announcement of Dom. seats – or some
  approach to Houses on method.

D.E.

I have submitted my views to P.M. – 650 is too low a limit for H/C.  Wd cause v. great trouble.

P.M.  

* M/W., Sal., H.C., B.H. and Sim. to study and make report, consultg. D.E.'s memo. Agreed.

(f) Prices of Seats

B-C. 

Want to say £4 & £6 (P.Q. to-day) tho' it prob. won't cover cost in full. 

B-C. 

Mght. put cost up by another £100.000.

D.E. 

I cd. sell more seats to agencies at profit.

P.M.

You must be self-supporting. Agreed.

D.E.

Agreed.  Stand on £4 & £6 & make profit elsewhere.

D.E.

Have also to say how we are distributg. seats in Govt. stands.
Previously, Nat. Govt. refused to say (prob. because they had given too many to Co-ops.).  Avoids argument to keep mum.

P.M.

Follow precedent & avoid controversy.  Say which bodies, but not how many seats to each.

Taken from C.C. 95(52) - Meeting held on 11 November 1952.