12 loyalty of purely party followers, valuable and even indis- pensable as that is. If we are to produce the deepest impression, we must be able to mobilise the widest possible public opinion here and throughout the Empire. To attain that result, I feel satisfied that our best course is to continue the combination of the three parties which has so successfully commanded the adhesion of the country during the last 5 years. " The new Government, then, remains National, like the one which it has succeeded. It will continue our programme, now well under way, of the re-establishment of our defensive forces. It will combine with that a sustained effort to remove the causes which are still delaying the return of confidence in Europe. It will not cease to promote the development of industry and the improvement of agriculture. And, finally, it will seek to raise still further the standards of our people when- ever and wherever that can be done consistently with the maintenance of the credit of the nation, and with due regard to the burden of the taxpayer. " I thank you once again for your confidence and for the encouragement that you have given me this morning. The National Government has built up a great record of achieve- ment, but there remains still before us a vast field from which energy, wisdom and statesmanship can extract incalculable benefits for the people of this country. Let us, then, join together in our determination to make the most of our oppor- tunities and to ensure that the record of the remaining years of this Parliament shall not be less fruitful than that which has gone before."