§ Mr. Speaker
Before we begin the first debate and as we end a busy time in Parliament, I am sure that the House would wish me to express the thanks to all those who have served us—to the Clerk and his staff, the Serjeant at Arms and his staff, the Press Gallery and Official Reporters, the Refreshment Department, Post Office and Telephones, the police, the Library, those who have printed our voluminous papers, the engineers, the Works Department, and all in Mr. Speaker's own Department. We have made heavy demands on them all, and we are deeply grateful for what they have done to make this vast hive of industry function efficiently.
A number of hon. Members have indicated that they would like to speak on some of the Adjournment topics. I would point out at the beginning that each debate is timed and that I must protect the interests of those who have debates later on the Order Paper.
§ Mr. Eric Lubbock (Orpington)
Further to your remarks, Mr. Speaker, may 1148 I say how grateful we are to you for the way in which you have presided over us during these very difficult days and long nights. We are very grateful for your tolerance and patience to all Members of the House.
§ Mr. W. F. Deedes (Ashford)
May I echo the words that you have spoken, Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the staff and others, and add to the tribute paid to you personally in respect of the very warm feelings which we feel for you.
§ The Minister of State, Home Office (Miss Alice Bacon)
May I, on behalf of the Government, pay our tribute to everybody who works in this building, and also to you, Mr. Speaker, remembering the very strenuous time that you have had during these last few months.