HC Deb 16 March 1978 vol 946 c636
Mr. Speaker

The House will be aware that the Reverend Canon David Edwards, who has been Speaker's Chaplain since September 1974, has been appointed Dean of Norwich. [HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."] On Thursday next, 23rd March, he will be conducting our Prayers for the last time. [HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."] Order. Good manners are always worth while.

I wish on behalf of the House and myself to express deep gratitude to the Reverend Canon David Edwards for his devoted service to my predecessor and myself and to this House during his service as Chaplain.

I know that many right hon. and hon. Members will want, if possible, to pay their own tribute to Canon Edwards by being at Prayers before he leaves us.

Mr. Faulds

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. When would it be possible for Members of the House who have appreciated the work of Canon Edwards to make it quite clear that they appreciate it?

Mr. Speaker

I understand that the hon. Gentleman is really being helpful, and I am grateful. I believe that the best tribute can be made during next week. I realise that next Thursday there will be Adjournment debates and that we are not likely to be as crowded as we are at present, although there will be Questions to the Prime Minister as well. The last two days on which the Canon will be taking Prayers would be appropriate, on Wednesday and Thursday.