This is not a question of privilege but a question of concurring in the report of the committee which has just been laid on the Table. I submit that a motion to adopt that report, made five minutes after the report was laid on the Table, is out of order.
The rule you have laid down, Mr. Speaker, would enable the committee to proceed without giving notice to its members. A question of privilege may be brought to the attention of the House without previous notice for the very good reason that it must be placed before the House at the earliest opportunity, but when once brought before the House then the subsequent proceeding must follow the ordinary rule. Otherwise it would be absolutely impossible to deal with the matter in the committee or in the House upon any intelligible or reasonable basis.