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New Commons Chamber

Volume 480: debated on Tuesday 31 October 1950

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Messages From Overseas Legislatures

I have now to read out to the House a considerable number of telegrams, which I think it is my duty to read to the House, in connection with the opening of this Chamber. These are:

The Members of the Legislative Council of the Falkland Islands, assembled to-day for Budget Session, bid me take this opportunity to send you on happy and long-awaited occasion of the opening of New House of Commons their heartfelt felicitations and sincere good wishes.—GOVERNOR.
The House of Keys send their hearty congratulations to the Rt. Honourable the Speaker and Honourable Members on their homecoming and are proud that our own Speaker is privileged to he present on such an historic occasion. It is our fervent wish that good fortune may always attend the new House in the years to come.—TEARE, Acting-Speaker.
The Speaker and Members of the Legislative Council of Trinidad and Tobago send greetings to the Speaker and Members of the Commons House of Parliament of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the historic occasion of the re-opening of the Chamber.
Government and Legislative Assembly of Province of Saskatchewan unite in congratulating United Kingdom Members on their return to restored historic Chamber of Mother of Parliaments. May the light of this citadel of free democratic institutions continue to shine as of old for all the world to see, to admire and to emulate. May it continue to reflect the greatness and enduring qualities and characteristics of the British people in war and peace. May Commons return to own House mark a new era for mankind of international harmony and co-operation.—T. C. DOUGLAS, Premier; Tom JOHNSTON, Speaker.
Grateful you convey to Speaker and Members of House of Commons best wishes from myself and Members of Seychelles Legislative Council on the occasion of the opening of the new House.
Grateful you convey to the Speaker of the House of Commons on behalf of the Legislative Councils of the Windward Islands, their respectful congratulations and warm good wishes on this great occasion.
The Barbados House of Assembly desire, on the eve of the opening of the new House of Commons, to express its appreciation of the historic occasion and to convey a message of the good will of the people of this ancient and loyal Colony to the people of the United Kingdom.
On the occasion of the opening of the Chamber in the House of Commons, built to replace that destroyed by enemies of freedom, when the peoples of the U.K. were bearing the brunt of the assault, the Gambia send to the Speaker and the Members of the House of Commons a message of loyalty, respect and affection. We remember we owe to the Mother of Parliaments the initiative in implanting here ideals of a free people, the example to follow in pursuit of these ideals and the resolution that has defended them and made them survive.
On behalf of the Commons, Northern Ireland, I tender to you, Mr. Speaker, and Members of the House of Commons of this United Kingdom warmest congratulations and good wishes on this occasion of the opening of your new Chamber.—HALL-THOMPSON, Deputy-Speaker, Stormont, Belfast.
I have also received telegrams of congratulations from the following:

Monsieur Herriot, President of the National Assembly of France; The President of the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium; The Chairman of the City Assembly of Berlin; Gustav Pedersen, The Folketing, Copenhagen; R. H. FitzGerald, Chancellor of the University, Pittsburgh; Benjamin G. Freeman, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Liberia; Dr. Ehlers, President of the German Bundestag.

These telegrams I will have placed in the Library in order that hon. Members may see them.

New Member Sworn

James Riley Holt Hutchison, Esquire, for Glasgow, Scotstoun.