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New Commons Chamber (Opening)

Volume 478: debated on Wednesday 25 October 1950

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I wish to ask for your Ruling, Sir. I wish to ask if you would make arrangements for recording the list of those who attend the opening of the new Commons Chamber tomorrow, and the names of the Imperial countries from which they come, in your report to the House on the ceremony in Westminster Hall?

I am not quite clear what the hon. and gallant Gentleman means by my "report" to the House. All that I report to the House is the Speech we have heard from the Throne. However, I will arrange—and I think that this is what the hon. and gallant Member wants—that a full report of their names is in HANSARD, recording the proceedings in Westminster Hall. The names of everybody in the procession and the names of the countries from which they come will be recorded.

I should like to tell hon. Members this: I understand that there is some idea that hon. Members require to have tickets to attend His Majesty tomorrow in Westminster Hall. No tickets are required. Hon. Members will assemble as Members of Parliament. Just as we have seats and places here, so places are there for Members of Parliament, and no tickets are required. What I would like to emphasise, however, is this: I think that more than 1,700 people have to be in Westminster Hall by about 11.30 a.m., so I hope that when we have finished in our new Chamber hon. Members will not delay too long in going to their places in Westminster Hall.

I have to inform the House that His Majesty the King has appointed 12 noon tomorrow, in Westminster Hall, to be the time and place at which His Majesty will be attended by this House to receive their Address on the occasion of the opening of the new Chamber, and has given his permission for the Commons to be accompanied by representatives of overseas Parliaments.