The present confusion is due in part to the fact that questions of this kind are not put in the British House of Commons as they are here. In the British House of Commons, when an amendment is moved of such a character as that submitted by the hon. member for Last Mountain (Mr. Fansher) the other day, two questions are put. In the first place the question is put whether the words proposed to be left out shall stand part of the question. The British House first votes on this question and, if it is decided that the words which it is sought to delete shall be struck out, then the House votes on the second question, namely, whether the words moved in substitution shall be inserted in the amendment. I refer Your Honour to May at page 283. Let us apply this practice to the present instance. The hon. member for Last Mountain moved in amendment that the words "and that the 'committee for such purposes be revived", as they appear at the end of the amendment, be struck out and other words
substituted therefor. He moved two things: first, that certain words of the Stevens amendment-not all-be struck out, namely, the words I have just quoted. If we followed the British practice Mr. Speaker would have to put, first, the question whether the words "and that the committee for such purposes be revived" should stand part of the question. The House would vote on that question and if it were negatived, that is to say, if these words were not to stand part of the question, then the words moved by the hon. member for Last Mountain as an addition would have to be put as a new question. It is because of this practice in the British House of Commons that, in my opinion, hon. gentlemen opposite were led1 into the mistake of quoting May and others as they did. The main amendment has not yet been put to the House. The only words that have been put for deletion are the words "and that the committee for such purposes be revived", and I contend that the House has not voted to retain the words which the amendment now proposed seeks to delete.
Subtopic: REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTED-MOTION FOR CONCURRENCE AND AMENDMENTS THERETO.