OPENING POSTPONED First Meeting Now Arranged For August 15 British Official Wireless Rec. noon. RUGBY, July 29. The King's Speech and the State opening of Parliament have been ■postponed for a week, according to an agency correspondent. Instead of taking place on August 8, as had been arranged, they will now be on Wednesday, August 15, he says. This means, he adds, that the new House of Commons will meet as expected next Wednesday, when the Speaker will be elected. On Thursday about 500 new members will be sworn in. The proceeding will be that each member will sign the register, repeat thi oath and shake hands with the Speaker, who will have the unenviable task of memorising all the new names and faces.
The swearing-in will continue on Friday and then the House will adjourn for a week's holiday. Among other things the postponement will enable Mr. Attlee to complete the talks at Potsdam without undue haste and to select his full Ministerial team, which will number more than 100 when junior appointments are included.
Mr. Attlee will also be enabled to draw up Labour's first programme, which will be set out in general terms in the King's Speech. When this has been delivered will sit for the remainder of that week and all the following week before the summer recess, which begins on August 24 and will be at least a month shorter than usual.
During this fortnight new Ministers will run the gauntlet of a mass of daily questions. There will be discussion on the United Nations Charter, which may bring both the Prime Minister and Mr. Bevin into action, and there will be a full debate, roving over the King's Speech and including, no doubt, many Conservative amendments and criticisms.
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NEW PARLIAMENT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945
NEW PARLIAMENT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945
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