§ Mr. Ede
The House heard with extreme regret when the Mace was brought in, that, owing to indisposition, Mr. Speaker would be absent from our proceedings today. It will be for the convenience of right hon. and hon. Members that I should tell them now that, on the most emphatic medical advice, Mr. Speaker will have to send a similar message on each sitting day this week. I am sure it would be the desire of the House to express its sympathies to Mr. Speaker in his illness and to give him wholeheartedly its best wishes for his speedy recovery.
§ Mr. Churchill
I am very ready to associate myself with the remarks made by the Leader of the House. It is a matter of great regret to us all that the Speaker should be incapacitated and we all wish him a speedy recovery of his health.
§ Mr. Clement Davies
I am sure every hon. Member of this House is deeply distressed to hear of the illness of Mr. Speaker. We wish to assure him, Sir, and his gracious and devoted wife, of our sincere sympathy. We hope for his complete recovery and his speedy return to this House and to that Chair which he has so honourably occupied.
§ Mr. Deputy-Speaker (Major Milner)
I am sure the whole House would wish to be associated with the sentiments which have been expressed, and which I shall see are duly conveyed to Mr. Speaker and to Mrs. Clifton Brown.