HL Deb 15 February 1916 vol 21 cc1-3

The LORD CHANCELLOR then delivered His Majesty's Most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, as follows:—

"My Lords, and Gentlemen,

"It has been My duty to summon you after a short recess to renew your deliberations.

The spirit of My Allies and of My people, who are united in this conflict by ever strengthening ties of sympathy and understanding, remains steadfast in the resolve to secure reparation for the victims of unprovoked and unjustifiable outrage and effectual safeguards for all nations against the aggression of a Power which mistakes force for right and expediency for honour.

"With a proud and grateful confidence I look to the courage, tenacity, and resource of My Navy and Army, on whom we depend worthily to perform our part in the attainment of this goal.

"Gentlemen of the House of Commons,

"You will be asked to make due financial provision for the conduct of the War.

"My Lords, and Gentlemen,

"The only measures which will be submitted to you are such as in the opinion. of My advisers tend to the attainment of our common object.

"I confidently commend them to your patriotism and loyalty, and I pray that the Almighty will give His blessing to your counsels."

Then the Commons withdrew.

House adjourned during pleasure.

House resumed.

The Lord Ellenborough—Sat first in Parliament after the death of his brother.

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