HC Deb 28 November 1939 vol 355 c9
Mr. Speaker

I have to acquaint the House that this House has this day attended His Majesty in the House of Peers, and His Majesty was pleased to make a Most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, of which for greater accuracy I have obtained a copy, which is as followeth:

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons:

The prosecution of the war commends the energies of all My subjects. My Dominions overseas are participating wholeheartedly and with an effectiveness which is most gratifying to Me.

Throughout the world My Navies, together with the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets, are keeping free and open the highways of the sea. At home, in France and in all stations overseas, My Armies and Air Forces are fulfilling their tasks. I am well assured that they will be equal to any efforts and sacrifices to which they may be called.

Members of the House of Commons:

You will be asked to make further financial provision for the conduct of the war.

My Lords and Members of the House of Commons:

Grave responsibilities rest upon you at this time. You will, I am convinced, express the resolution of the Nation.

The measures which will be submitted to you are such as seem necessary to My Advisers for the welfare of My people and the attainment of the purpose upon which all our efforts are set.

I pray that Almighty God will give His blessing to your counsels.