HC Deb 16 February 1948 vol 447 c801

The SERJEANT AT ARMS came to the Table and announced: "The Sheriffs of the City of London."

The SERJEANT AT ARMS, taking the Mace from the Table, withdrew, and (with the Mace upon his shoulder) brought the SHERIFFS OF THE CITY OF LONDON (Sir Leslie Boyce and Mr. Richard Christmas Hammett), accompanied by the CITY REMEMBRANCER (Sir Leslie Bowker) to the Bar of the House.

Mr. Speaker

Mr. Sheriff, what have you there?

The SENIOR SHERIFF (Sir Leslie Boyce)

A Petition from the Mayor, Aldermen and Commons of the City of London in Common Council assembled praying that the Representation of the People Bill be amended so as to leave undisturbed the separate representation of the City of London in your honourable House.

The SENIOR SHERIFF then handed the Petition to the Second Clerk Assistant, who brought it to the Table.

Mr. Assheton

I beg to request that the salient parts of the Petition be read to the House.

The CLERK OF THE HOUSE read the Petition, which was as follows: To The Honourable The Commons of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.