HC Deb 27 September 1926 vol 199 cc253-4

At the end of Questions—

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir William Joynson-Hicks) (standing at the Bar of the House)

A Message from the King, signed by his own hand.

Mr. SPEAKER read the Royal Message (all the Members of the House being uncovered), and it was as followeth:

The continued cessation of work in coal mines on the 22nd day of September, 1926, having constituted, in the opinion of His Majesty, a state of emergency within the meaning of the Emergency Powers Act, 1920, His Majesty has deemed it proper, by Proclamation made in pursuance of the said Act, and dated the 22nd day of September, 1926, to declare that a state of emergency exists.