§ * MR. SPEAKER
I have to inform the House that I have been honoured by the proposal of the University of Oxford to confer upon me the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law. If accepted, this would necessitate my absence from this House and my attendance at Oxford on Wednesday next, and I have to ask the indulgence and leave of the House so to absent myself. [Cheers.] I have to thank the House for the indication of permission so kindly given.