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The conclusion arrived at will be laid before you, that there may be due opportunity of considering them when your assent is asked to such legislation as may be necessary to enable my Government to ratify the International Prize Court Convention. The reception of the measures designed by my Government for improving Indian administration has given me deep satisfaction. A Bill will at once be laid before you, dealing with matters in which your sanction is required; and it is my strong desire that the steps to be taken for giving effect to the policy announced in my Message of last November to the Princes and people of India may impartially protect the interests and advance the welfare of all races, classes, and communities in my Indian dominions.

Since I last addressed you, the Belgian Government have notified the assumption by Belgium of the Sovereignty of the Independent State of the Congo. My Government are at present discussing with the Government of Belgium the conditions by which the provisions of the Treaties affecting the territory in question will be safeguarded, when the transfer has been recognised. I have appointed Commissioners to attend the International Conference, which is to meet at Shanghai in February, to investigate the opium trade and opium habit in the Far East, and to offer suggestions for measures which the Powers concerned may adopt for the gradual suppression of the cultivation, traffic, and use of opium within their Eastern possessions, with a view to assisting China in her purpose of eradicating the opium trade in the Chinese Empire.

Proposals will be brought forward for the amendment of the law with respect to the Franchise and the Registration of Electors. A Bill will be introduced to give effect to the unanimous recommendation of the last Imperial Conference, for the amendment and consolidation of the law relating to British nationality. You will further be invited to consider proposals for dealing by legislation with certain social and industrial reforms. PROROGATION (7 March 1913} My Lords and Members of the House of Commons: After a prolonged and exacting Session, I regret that you should enjoy only a nominal period of release from your labours.

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