Royal Assent by Commission

30.38Three or more of the Lords Commissioners, seated on a form between the Throne and the Woolsack in the House of Lords, command Black Rod to summon the Commons to hear the commission read. The Commons, with their Speaker, then come to the Bar of the Lords. The commission is read by the Reading Clerk. The short titles of the bills are read by the Clerk of the Crown and the Royal Assent to each in turn is pronounced by the Clerk of the Parliaments in Norman French.

A bill for granting aids and supplies to the Crown (see para 33.21 ), being carried up by the Clerk of the House of Commons, is handed to the Clerk of the Parliaments by the Speaker and receives the Royal Assent before all other bills. The Assent to such a bill is declared in the words ‘La Reyne remercie ses bons sujets, accepte leur benevolence, et ainsi le veult’. For all other public, as also for private, Acts the formula is ‘La Reyne le veult’, and for personal Acts ‘Soit fait comme il est désiré’.