Before announcing the business for Monday, if the house will permit me to do so I should like to say just a word as to the adjournment of last evening. Hansard records the fact that there was not a quorum in the house when it met at eight o'clock. I think it is only right that there should be on the records of Hansard the fact that yesterday was the day on which we were celebrating the King's birthday, and that in front of the houses of parliament there was from seven o'clock until nine the ceremony of the trooping of the colours, which brought very large crowds to the front of the buildings. As a matter of fact, the crowds were so arranged as to make it impossible for hon. members to come from the central gates by the direct approach to the parliament buildings as they are accustomed to do in attending meetings of the house. Several hon. members I know of-myself among them- experienced difficulty in getting to the House of Commons because of the crowds that were about at that time. However, the fact is that most hon. members who were not in the house at the time had been or were witnessing the ceremony of the trooping of the colours. It may have been an excess of patriotism on the king's birthday, or some excess of loyalty towards the flag or the sovereign, but that surely was excusable in the circumstances. I believe that if the hon. members already in the house had waited just a moment or two, as the corridors were pretty well filled with members at the time, it would not have taken above a minute or two to have had the house well filled.
The business on Monday will be any bills that may be on the order paper, and will continue in supply with the departments of Labour, of Mines and Resources, and possibly Public Works. I cannot say in which order they will be taken up.
Before the house rises, dealing with the matter mentioned by the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King), I think it is only fair to point out that those who were here would have been quite ready to have become parties to an extension of time; but as there is no house unless there are twenty present, no motion could be put, nor could the house be adjourned until nine o'clock. It was suggested that it might be adjourned until nine o'clock; but the house cannot be adjourned unless there are twenty people in it, because the constitution itself
provides in section 48 that it is necessary to have twenty people in order that the house may exercise its powers. Therefore there is no house unless and until there are twenty people in it, and a motion of any kind cannot be made.