[Mr. Speaker in the Chair]
Business before Questions
Queen’s Speech (Answer to Address)
The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household reported Her Majesty’s Answer to the Address, as follows:
I have received with great satisfaction the dutiful and loyal expression of your thanks for the Speech with which I opened the present Session of Parliament.
Appointment of Chair of Electoral Commission
The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, That the Address of 17 December, praying that Her Majesty will appoint Jennifer Watson to the Office of Chairman of the Electoral Commission with effect from 1 January 2009 for the period ending on 31 December 2012, was presented to Her Majesty who was graciously pleased to comply with the request.