SUTHERLAND (North Essex) presented the first report of the Select Stand-Hon. Mr. FIELDING.
ing Committee on Privileges and Elections, as follows :-
Friday, June 26, 1903.
The Select Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections beg leave to present the following their first report :
Your committee having considered the question referred to them by your honourable House, on the 25th instant, as to whether Mr. Schell, member for Glengarry, has infringed the law respecting the independence of parliament, beg to report as follows :
That the goods in question were sold by the firm of which Mr. Schell is a member, under a written order, to one W. D. Scott, who appeared from such order to be the agent of the Glasgow International Exhibition, 1901 ; that the goods were charged to the said Scott personally, and paid for by him ; that there was nothing to lead the vendors to believe, and they did not believe that they were dealing with the Dominion government, or any agent thereof.
From the evidence adduced, your committee find that the goods in question were sold by the firm of Macpherson & Schell to the said Scott personally, and there has, therefore, in the opinion of your committee, been no infringement of the law respecting the independence of parliament in this case.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
(Sgd.) R. F. SUTHERLAND,