HL Deb 26 October 1965 vol 269 cc549-50

3.50 p.m.


My Lords, I beg to acquaint the House that a Commission has been issued under Her Majesty's Great Seal to several Lords named therein authorising the said Lords to declare in the name and on behalf of Her Majesty Her Majesty's approbation of the choice of the Commons of the Right Honourable Dr. Horace Maybray King to be their Speaker.


My Lords, I beg to move that the House do now adjourn during pleasure until 4 p.m.

Moved accordingly and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

House adjourned during pleasure.

House resumed.

4.0 p.m.

THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS (THE LORD CHANCELLOR (LORD GARDINER), THE VISCOUNT DILHORNE, THE EARL OF LISTOWEL, THE LORD HENDERSON, and THE LORD OGMORE) being seated in front of the Throne, and the Commons, having been sent for, being at the Bar:

MR. SPEAKER-ELECT (DR. HORACE MAYBRAY KING), addressing the Royal Commissioners, said

My Lords, I have to acquaint your Lordships that, in obedience to Her Majesty's Commands, Her 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 Her Majesty's gracious approbation.

The Commission having been read:


Dr. King, we have it in command from Her Majesty to declare Her Majesty's entire confidence in your talents, diligence and sufficiency to fulfil the important duties of the high Office of Speaker of the House of Commons to which you have been chosen by that House; and in obedience to the Commission which has been read, and by virtue of the authority therein contained, we do declare Her Majesty's Royal allowance and confirmation upon you, Sir, as Speaker of the House of Commons.


My Lords, I submit myself in all humility to Her Majesty's Royal will and pleasure, and if, in the discharge of my duties and in maintaining the rights and privileges of the Commons House of Parliament, I should be led into any inadvertent error, I pray that the blame may be imputed to me alone and not to Her Majesty's faithful House of Commons.

Mr. Speaker and the Commons then retired.

House adjourned during pleasure.

House resumed.