HL Deb 01 November 1951 vol 174 cc3-4

THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS (THE LORD CHANCELLOR, VISCOUNT MERSEY, VISCOUNT SWINTON, VISCOUNT HALL AND LORD LLEWELLIN) being seated in front of the Throne, and the Commons, having been sent for, being at the Bar:—

MR. SPEAKER-ELECT (THE RIGHT HONOURABLE WILLIAM SHEPHERD MORRISON), addressing the Royal Commissioners, said: My Lords, I have to acquaint your Lordships that, in obedience to His Majesty's commands, His Majesty's most faithful Commons have, in the exercise of their undoubted rights and privileges, proceeded to the election of a Speaker, and that their choice has fallen upon myself. I now present myself at your Lordships' Bar, and submit myself with all humility for His Majesty's gracious approbation.


Mr. Morrison, we are commanded to assure you that His Majesty is so fully sensible of your zeal in the public service and of your ample sufficiency to execute the arduous duties which his faithful Commons have selected you to discharge that he does most readily approve and confirm you as their Speaker.


My Lords, I submit myself with all humility and gratitude to His Majesty's gracious commands. It is now my duty, in the name and on behalf of the Commons of the United Kingdom, to lay claim by humble Petition to His Majesty to all their ancient and undoubted rights and privileges; especially to freedom of speech in debate; to freedom from arrest; and to free access to His Majesty whenever occasion shall require; and that the most favourable construction shall be put upon all their proceedings. With regard to myself, I pray that if in the discharge of my duties I shall inadvertently fall into any error, it may be imputed to myself alone, and not to His Majesty's most faithful Commons.


Mr. Speaker, we have it further in command to inform you that His Majesty doth most readily confirm all the rights and privileges which have ever been granted to or conferred upon the Commons by His Majesty or any of his Royal predecessors. With respect to yourself, Sir, though His Majesty is sensible that you stand in no need of such assurance, His Majesty will ever place the most favourable construction upon your words and actions.

Mr. Speaker and the Commons then retired.

House adjourned during pleasure.

House resumed.

Several Lords—Took the Oath.

Certain Lords—Affirmed.

House adjourned at half past four o'clock.