HC Deb 12 February 1918 vol 103 c1

The Eighth Session of the Thirtieth Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, appointed to meet 12th February, 1918, in the eighth year in the Reign of King George V., was opened by His Majesty in person.

Mr. SPEAKER (Right Hon. James William Lowther) took the Chair at Twelve of the clock.

The YEOMAN USHER of the Black Rod (Captain T. D. BUTLER) was announced.

Addressing Mr. Speaker, the Yeoman Usher said: The King commands this Honourable House to attend immediately at the House of Peers to hear His Majesty's Gracious Speech read.

MR. SPEAKER, accompanied by the Prime Minister (Right Hon. D. Lloyd George), the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Right Hon. A. Bonar Law), Right Hon. R. McKenna, and other Members, went to the House of Lords.

On their return, the Sitting of the House was suspended until Four of the clock, and then resumed.