Message to attend the Lords Commissioners delivered by the Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod.
The Speaker-Elect, with the House, went up to be presented to the Lords Commiss i oners for Her Majesty's Royal Approbation; and returned.
I have to report that this House has been in the House of Lords where Her Majesty, by Her Royal Commissioners, has been pleased to approve the choice made of myself for the Office of Speaker. I have, in your name and on your behalf, made claim by humble petition to Her Majesty to all your ancient and undoubted rights and privileges, particularly to freedom of speech in debate, freedom from arrest, and freedom of access to Her Majesty whenever occasion shall require, and that the most favourable construction shall be put upon all proceedings. All these Her Majesty, by Her Commissioners, has been pleased to confirm in as ample a manner as they have ever been granted or confirmed by Herself or by any of Her Royal Predecessors.
My first duty to the House is to report my respectful acknowledgement and grateful thanks for the great honour you have conferred upon me in placing me in the Chair.
On a personal note, my second responsibility is to restate my absolute impartiality in this Chamber and beyond it. My final pleasure is to confirm my commitment to ensuring that Back-Bench Members have their rightful voice in our proceedings.
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I must now call on the Members of the House, according to the usual custom, to take the Oath of Allegiance or to affirm at the Table of the House, first doing so myself.
The Speaker first, alone, standing on the upper step of the Chair, made and subscribed the Affirmation required by law.
Mr Speaker: I should remind hon. Members that until they take the Oath or affirm, they must not sit during any debate or vote in any Division of the House, and will not receive any salary.
The arrangements for swearing in are set out in the Chamber information sheet, and a guidance note is also available from the Table and Vote Offices.
I propose to call first the Father of the House, then members of the Cabinet, then members of the shadow Cabinet, then all Privy Counsellors not included in those two groups, wherever they may be sitting, and then other Ministers. Thereafter, I shall call other hon. Members according to the Parliament of their first entry, or, for those with broken service, that of most recent entry. The first batch will be those elected in or before the 1992-97 Parliament. Thereafter I shall proceed to call Members by successive Parliaments. Realistically, I do not expect to call new Members until tomorrow.
I propose to remain in the Chair until 5.30 pm today, and then to return at 6.30pm and continue until 8.30 pm if necessary. The House will sit again tomorrow at 10.30 am, and on Monday at 2.30 pm. Tomorrow I propose to be in the Chair for swearing in until 12.30 pm, and then from 1.30 pm until 3.30 pm, and then again from 4.30 pm until 6.30 pm if necessary. I hope that by Monday afternoon we will have made sufficient progress to enable all Members to swear in who wish to do so. I hope that Members will come forward in an orderly manner.
I remind Members that the taking of the Oath, as a proceeding of the House, is recorded by the television cameras, and that anything said or done by Members may appear on television or be picked up by microphones. It will assist the broadcasters if new Members state their name and constituency when they come to the Dispatch Box. Progress will depend, of course, on the number of Members wishing to take the Oath at any particular time. I advise Members to watch the Annunciators to establish progress, and to speak to their Whips.
The following Members took and subscribed the Oath, or made and subscribed the Affirmation required by law:
Sir Peter Hannay Bailey Tapsell, for Louth and Horncastle
Right honourable David William Donald Cameron, Witney
Right honourable Nicholas William Peter Clegg, Sheffield, Hallam
Right honourable William Jefferson Hague, Richmond (Yorks )
Right honourable George Gideon Oliver Osborne, Tatton
Right honourable David Anthony Laws, Yeovil
Right honourable Liam Fox, North Somerset
Right honourable Eric Jack Pickles, Brentwood and Ongar
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Right honourable Kenneth Harry Clarke, Rushcliffe
Right honourable Andrew David Lansley, South Cambridgeshire
Right honourable Christopher Murray Paul Huhne, Eastleigh
Right honourable Jeremy Richard Streynsham Hunt, South West Surrey
Right honourable Philip Hammond, Runnymede and Weybridge
Right honourable Michael Andrew Gove, Surrey Heath
Right honourable Oliver Letwin, West Dorset
Right honourable Caroline Alice Spelman, Meriden
Right honourable Francis Anthony Aylmer Maude, Horsham
Right honourable George Iain Duncan Smith, Chingford and Woodford Green
Right honourable Sir George Samuel Knatchbull Young, North West Hampshire
Right honourable Dominic Charles Roberts Grieve, Beaconsfield
Right honourable Patrick Allen McLoughlin, Derbyshire Dales
Right honourable David Wright Miliband, South Shields
Right honourable Alistair Maclean Darling, Edinburgh South West
Right honourable Harriet Harman, Camberwell and Peckham
Right honourable Alan Arthur Johnson, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Right honourable Hilary James Benn, Leeds Central
Right honourable Yvette Cooper, Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford
Right honourable Robert William Ainsworth, Coventry North East
Right honourable John Yorke Denham, Southampton, Itchen
Right honourable Benjamin Peter James Bradshaw, Exeter
Right honourable Shaun Anthony Woodward, St Helens South and Whiston
Right honourable Dawn Primarolo, Bristol South
Right honourable Sadiq Aman Khan, Tooting
Right honourable John Healey, Wentworth and Dearne
Right honourable Rosalie Winterton, Doncaster Central
Right honourable Nicholas Hugh Brown, Newcastle upon Tyne East
Right honourable Daniel Grian Alexander, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Alistair Morrison Carmichael, Orkney and Shetland
Right honourable Sir Alan James Beith, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Right honourable Keith Anthony Vaz, Leicester East
Right honourable Thomas Clarke, Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Right honourable Charles Peter Kennedy, Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Right honourable Anne Catherine McGuire, Stirling
Right honourable David George Hanson, Delyn
Right honourable Margaret Mary Beckett, Derby South
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Right honourable Sir Walter Menzies Campbell, North East Fife
Right honourable Malcolm Gray Bruce, Gordon
Right honourable Andrew David Smith, Oxford East
Right honourable Caroline Louise Flint, Don Valley
Right honourable Ann Clwyd, Cynon Valley
Right honourable Sir John Paul Stanley, Tonbridge and Malling
Right honourable Sir Alan Gordon Barraclough Haselhurst, Saffron Walden
Right honourable George Edward Howarth, Knowsley
Right honourable Alun Edward Michael, Cardiff South and Penarth
Right honourable Paul Peter Murphy, Torfaen
Right honourable John Francis Spellar, Warley
Right honourable Frank Gordon Dobson, Holborn and St Pancras
Right honourable Paul Gerard Goggins, Wythenshawe and Sale East
Right honourable Denis MacShane, Rotherham
Alistair James Hendrie Burt, North East Bedfordshire
Edward Henry Garnier, Harborough
Damian Howard Green, Ashford
Alan James Carter Duncan, Rutland and Melton
David Roy Lidington, Aylesbury
Jeremy Richard Browne, Taunton Deane
Timothy Paul Loughton, East Worthing and Shoreham
Crispin Jeremy Rupert Blunt, Reigate
Charles Hendry, Wealden
Robert James MacGillivray Neill, Bromley and Chislehurst
Nicolas John Gibb, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton
James Gerald Douglas Howarth, Aldershot
David Julian Winnick, Walsall North
Richard Charles Scrimgeour Shepherd, Aldridge-Brownhills
Simon Henry Ward Hughes, Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Catharine Letitia Hoey, Vauxhall
Brian Harold Donohoe, Central Ayrshire
James Dolan Cunningham, Coventry South
Michael Cathel Fallon, Sevenoaks
Michael Alan Penning, Hemel Hempstead
David Gordon Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale