HC Deb 22 October 1974 vol 880 cc1-2

The House being met; and, it being the first day of the meeting of this Parliament, pursuant to Proclamation, DAVID WILLIAM SHUCKBURGH LIDDERDALE, ESQUIRE, CB, Clerk of the House of Commons, RICHARD DOUGLAS BARLAS, ESQUIRE, CB, OBE, and CHARLES ADDISON SOMERVILLE SNOWDEN GORDON, ESQUIRE, CB, Clerks Assistant, attending in the House, and the other Clerks attending, according to their duty, Sir DENIS DOBSON, KCB, OBE, Clerk of the Crown in Chancery in Great Britain, delivered to the said DAVID WILLIAM SHUCKBURGH LIDDERDALE, ESQUIRE, a book containing a List of the Names of the Members returned to serve in this Parliament.

Several of the Members repaired to their Seats.

The Right Honourable GEORGE RUSSELL STRAUSS took the Chair, pursuant to the Standing Order 103A (Election of a Speaker).

Message to attend the Lords Commissioners;

The House went; and a Commission having been read for opening and holding the Parliament, the Lords Commissioners directed the House to proceed to the Election of a Speaker, and to present him Tomorrow, at half-past Two o'clock, in the House of Peers, for the Royal A p probation.

And the House having returned:—