It may be for the convenience of the House if I indicate my intentions with regard to the taking of the Oath by right hon. and hon. Members. I propose to call, first, the Father of the House; then the Government Front Bench; then the Opposition Front Bench; then all Privy Councillors and former Ministers not included in those two groups, wherever they may be seated. Thereafter, I shall call 20 hon. Members from each side.
I intend to continue in the Chair until about half past 4. Then I shall suspend the sitting until half past 5. I shall return, of course, at half past 5, and again at 6 for the last time. I hope that this announcement of these arrangements will be of some assistance to hon. Members if they have something which they might wish to do in the meantime. A similar procedure will apply tomorrow and on Thursday. The House will again sit at half past 2 o'clock, and I have it in mind to finish not later than half past 5 tomorrow and half past 4 on Thursday. I understand that it will also be convenient to meet again for swearing in on Tuesday next, when I shall be in the Chair from 2.30 onwards.
I hope that that announcement enables all hon. Members to make their arrangements accordingly.
The following Members took and subscribed the Oath, or made and subscribed the Affirmation required by law:
Order. Perhaps some hon. Members were not in the Chamber when I made my announcement. I said that, after the Father of the House, I would call the Government Front Bench, the Opposition Front Bench, Privy Councillors from both sides of the House and former Ministers. I shall then call Back Benchers from both sides of the House.
I hope that there will be no rush. I have given ample time for the taking of the Oath, so let us proceed in an orderly manner.
Order. I have been very generous with time. I did say that I would leave the Chair at 4.30 pm. I wanted to accommodate hon. Members by being in the Chair to allow them to take the Oath. However, I fear that the numbers of hon. Members wishing to do so is growing. I must suspend at 4.45 pm. and I shall leave the Chair at precisely that time. Hon. Members can now make their own dispensations.