§ THE PARLIAMENT, which had been Prorogued successively from the 14th August, 1884, to the 15th September; thence to the 23rd October, met this day for the despatch of Business.
§ The Session was opened by Commission.
§ THE HOUSE being met;
THE LORD CHANCELLOR
acquainted the House,That it not being convenient for Her Majesty to be personally here present this day, She has been pleased to cause a Commission under the Great Seal to be prepared, in order to the holding of this Parliament.2 Then Five of the LORDS COMMISSIONERS—namely, The LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR; The LORD PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL (The Lord Carlingford); The EARL OF KIMBERLEY (Secretary of State for India); The LORD CHAMBERLAIN (The Lord Kenmare); and The LORD MONSON (Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard)—being in their Robes, and seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack, commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the COMMONS know "The Lords Commissioners desire their immediate Attendance in this House to hear the Commission read."
§ Who being at the Bar, with their Speaker:—The Commission was read by the Clerk:—Then