I have to report to the House that, in the House of Peers, His Majesty, by his Royal Commissioners, has been pleased to approve the choice made of myself for the Office of your Speaker, and that I have, in your name, and on your behalf, laid claim, by humble Petition to His Majesty, to all your ancient and undoubted rights and privileges, particularly freedom of speech in Debate, freedom from arrest, freedom of access to His Majesty whenever occasion may require, and that the most favourable construction may be placed upon all your proceedings. All these His Majesty, by his Commissioners, has been pleased to allow and confirm in as ample a manner as they have ever been granted or confirmed by himself or any of his Royal predecessors.
My first duty to the House is to repeat my very respectful acknowledgment and grateful thanks for the great honour which they have conferred upon me in placing me again in the Chair.
Hon. Members will observe, from the cards that I have caused to be placed about the House, what I think will be for the convenience of Members in taking the Oath, so as to avoid any standing about, or pressing at the Table. After the two front benches, Privy Councillors, and ex-Ministers have been sworn, I propose to take the upper benches, first on one side, and then on the other side of the House. Hon. Members may, therefore, remain seated until their turn comes.