§ 3.32 p.m.
§ Sir Kenneth Thompson (Liverpool, Walton)
Mr. Speaker, you will recall that by Resolution of the House leave of absence was accorded to the right hon. Member for Easington (Mr. Shinwell), the hon. Member for Salford, West (Mr. C. Royle), my hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Miss Vickers) and myself to visit Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago to present to the respective Houses of Representatives of those Commonwealth countries a Speaker's Chair, in the one case, and a bookcase and gavel in the other.
I have to report that we have discharged this agreeable duty. The Speaker's Chair was presented to the Parliament hi Kingston, Jamaica, on 20th January, and the presentation of the bookcase and gavel took place in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on 27th January, 1964.
In each case, Mr. Speaker, your delegation was invited to appear at the Bar of the House in the company of large gatherings of distinguished guests and in each Parliament we were welcomed by the Speaker. The right hon. Member for Easington and I were permitted to address the Houses before formally presenting the gifts. Motions were then 'Imposed in each case by the Deputy Prime Minister and in each case seconded by a leader of the Opposition, accepting with thanks and appreciation the gifts which we had offered on behalf of our Hour, to the independent Parliaments of each State; and the Motions 31 were accepted nemine contradicente. submit a printed and signed copy of each.
I hope, Mr. Speaker, that, in accordance with precedent, you will direct that these Resolutions shall appear in the Journal of the House.
It is needless to say that the delegation was received with great cordiality and entertained with generosity throughout our visit. We were received by the leading personalities of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago and met the ordinary people at work and at play. With the concurrence of my co-delegates, I record our confidence in the Parliamentary democracy of the two nations and, in returning thanks for the warmth of our reception, we all join, as I am sure the House will, in wishing them happiness and well-being in the future.
§ Mr. Speaker
In accordance with what I am sure are the wishes of the whole House, I shall cause the two Resolutions to be recorded in the Journal.