I have the honour to inform the House that I have received the following message from the Senate:
Saturday, 19th July, 1924.
A message was received from the Senate acquainting this House that the Senate doth insist on its amendments to the Bill No. 255, an Act to amend the Pension Act, to which the House o-f Commons hath disagreed, for the following reasons:-
That the Royal Commission on Pensions and Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment was appointed in 1922 with a view to the government submitting legislation as an outcome of its report.
That the government did not present the bill to the Senate until it had announced prorogation in the House of Commons.
That upon a perusal of the Commons Hansard it was obvious that little or no discussion or consideration took place upon the bill.
That in the short time allowed, the Senate gave its best consideration to the bill and expressed the anticipation that the government next session would again submit it at an earlier stage for further consideration.
That the amendments having been so framed, no material loss will arise to the beneficiaries between now and the next session of parliament.
I might be allowed perhaps to make a little comment on what appears to be most unusual in this paragraph of the message, reading as follows: "That upon a perusal of the Commons Hansard," and so forth. Whosoever drafted this message aparently lost sight of the well-known custom and practice, which is to be found laid down in rule No. 203 of Beauchesne's Parliamentary Rules and Forms:
Allusion to debates in the other House are out of order, and there are few orders more important than this for the conduct of debate and for observing courtesy between Houses. See May 289.
Subtopic: FREE CONFEREXCE WITH SENATE IN VIEW OF AMENDMENTS