§ Mrs. Thatcher
Would it be in order to ask the Prime Minister to find time today not only to express the congratulations of the Government to Princess 288 Anne on the birth of her child but to express the congratulations of the House?
§ The Prime Minister
I shall be very happy indeed to do so, because I am sure that that would be the general wish and view of the House. Whether a child be a commoner or a Royal child, the birth of a child to a family is always something which everybody is delighted to welcome. I have already conveyed a formal message to Princess Anne on behalf of the Government, and I have myself written to Her Majesty the Queen. I shall be very happy indeed to reinforce that.
§ Mr. Speaker
I should inform the House that as Speaker I sent a telegram of congratulations to the Royal Family.