Messages under the sign manual, etc

9.8The forms observed on the meeting and prorogation of Parliament, the proceedings connected with the Address in answer to the royal speech (see paras 8.378.38 ), and the Royal Assent to bills (see paras 30.3630.40 ) are described elsewhere. Messages under the royal sign manual are generally acknowledged by Addresses in both Houses, which are presented from the Lords by certain designated Members, by Members who are members of the royal household, or by Privy Counsellors; and from the Commons by Privy Counsellors, or members of the royal household, in the same manner as Addresses in answer to royal speeches at the opening of Parliament (see paras 8.378.38 ).1 In the Commons, however, it is not always necessary to reply to messages under the sign manual seeking pecuniary aid by Address, as a prompt provision made by that House (see paras 34.24, 34.42 ) is itself a sufficient acknowledgement of royal communications for pecuniary aid.2

Orders for taking a Message into consideration, and for resuming an adjourned debate on a motion for an Address in answer to a Message, have been discharged.


  1. 1. CJ (1854) 169; Parl Deb (1854) 132, c 308.
  2. 2. In 1931 the reply of the House of Commons to a message under the sign manual expressing the need for additional taxation was to set up the Committee of Ways and Means, CJ (1930–31) 407.