Volume 59 (1965) / Pages 127 - 128
The House met at half past Two o'clock PRAYERS [MR. SPEAKER in the Chair]Papers Presented MINISTRY OF DEVELOPMENT:
Housing Subsidy (Variation) (No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 1964. (By Act.)
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION:
Report of the Ministry of Education for the year 1963-64. (By Command.)
MINISTRY OF FINANCE:
Third Schedule of certain classes of documents existing or accruing in Her Majesty's Stationery Office, Belfast: Part A-List of documents to be preserved permanently; Part B-List of documents which are not considered of sufficient public value to justify permanent preservation in the Public Record Office. (By Act.) MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES Health Services (Qualifications of Health Visitors) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1965. (By Act.)
National Assistance (Determination of Need) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1964. (By Act.)
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS:
Coroners (Salaries and Expenses) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1965. (By Act.)
GOVERNMENT OF NORTHERN IRELAND:
Economic Development in Northern Ireland (including the Report of the Economic Consultant, Professor Thomas Wilson.) (By Command.)
STATUTORY RULES, ORDERS AND REGULATIONS Joint Committee's Report It was reported from the Committee on Statutory Rules, Orders and Regulations that they had made progress in the matters to them referred and had directed that the Sixth Report thereof be made to the House.
Ordered, That the Report do lie on the Table and be printed.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
Mr. Speaker: I have to report to the House that I have received the following letter:
"2nd February, 1965. Dear Mr. Speaker, In accordance with the decision by the Nationalist Party today to accept the role of Official Opposition I desire as Leader of the Party to notify you of this decision.
I have appointed Mr. R. H. O'Connor to act as Opposition Whip.
Yours sincerely, (Sgd.) E. G. McAteer."
I have sent the following reply to the hon. Member for Foyle (Mr. McAteer):
"2nd February, 1965. Dear Mr. McAteer,
1 am in receipt of your letter informing me of the decision of the Nationalist Party to accept the role of Official Opposition in the House of Commons with yourself as Leader and Mr. R. H. O'Connor as Opposition Whip. I therefore propose to accord to you and to the Nationalist Party the conventional courtesies due to the largest numerical opposition party accepting this role.
Yours sincerely, (Sgd.) C. N. L. Stronge, Speaker of the House of Commons."