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Thursday, 16 March 1961

Mr. SPEAKER (Hon. John McLeay).Duringthe Nigerian independence celebra tions held in September of last year, the President of the Senate, Sir Alister McMullin, who was leader of the Australian delegation, took the opportunity, on behalf of the Commonwealth Parliament, to present to the Nigerian Parliament a traditional sand glass for the timing of divisions.

In addition to the thanks expressed to Sir Alister when he made the gift, the Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives has now written asking this Parliament to accept the sincere thanks of the entire membership of the Nigerian Parliament for the gift. Mr. Speaker Waziri stated that he wished to place on record that Parliament's appreciation of the value of the gift, and he expressed the hope that it would remain a lasting symbol of the friendship between our two parliaments.

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