HC Deb 19 December 1962 vol 669 cc1399-400

Considered in Committee.


9.58 p.m.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Mr. Iain Macleod)

I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that Her Majesty will give directions that there be presented, on behalf of this House, a Speaker's Chair to the National Assembly of Tanganyika, and assuring Her Majesty that this House will make good the expenses attending the same. I wish to make a few comments in support of the Motion, which, of course, will commend itself to the Committee. First of all, the Committee, when it accepts the Motion, will be pledging itself to honour the necessary Estimate. Secondly, I believe that you, Mr. Speaker, have in hand arrangements for the gift to be presented by a small Parliamentary delegation which, I am told, will visit Tanganyika early next February. I think that we would all envy those who will be members of that delegation. I should certainly be glad to be a member of it.

This is one more in a long tradition of gifts from this House to other legislative assemblies within the Commonwealth, and it is very pleasant that we can have this Motion tonight as a token of our friendship towards the people of Tanganyika and the fellowship we feel for their National Assembly.

One last thought I should like to put before the House. I think that Tanganyika, almost above all countries, has been fortunate in the leadership that it has had for many years. A most notable—

It being Ten o'clock, The CHAIRMAN left the Chair to report Progress and ask leave to sit again.

Committee report Progress.