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Prayers

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

[Mr. Speaker in the Chair]

business before questions

Speaker Martin’s Retirement

The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household reported to the House, on behalf of the Prime Minister, that the address of 22 June 2009 to Her Majesty, praying Her Majesty that she will be most graciously pleased to confer some signal mark of her royal favour upon the right hon. Michael J. Martin for his eminent services during the period in which he has, with such distinguished ability and dignity, presided in the Chair of this House, has been presented to Her Majesty, and Her Majesty has been pleased to receive the same very graciously, and has commanded me to acquaint this House that Her Majesty is desirous, in compliance with the request of her faithful Commons, to confer upon the right hon. Michael J. Martin some signal mark of her royal favour.