§ Mr. Speaker
In accordance with custom, I beg to ask the formal leave of the House to be absent from the Sitting of tomorrow, Friday. I do so as a matter of courtesy to the House and also in case there might be rumours that perhaps I had suddenly been taken ill, or even that I was waiting until Monday to make a personal statement, which I am not. The reason is that I hold the honourable and ancient office of High Steward of Cambridge University, and it is my duty, I think, to be there tomorrow when Their Majesties visit the University.
§ The House signified its assent for which Mr. Speaker returned his thanks.