Some hon. members
having inquired whether the staff of the house would be given a holiday tomorrow, I have prepared the following statement.
There is no doubt that the staff of the House of Commons is entitled to a holiday tomorrow, but I have to consider the convenience of the members who intend to do some work in the building on that day. Such offices as the library, reading room and the post office, which are open on Sundays during the session, can hardly be closed. Mails will come regularly and will have to be sorted. Members preparing public statements might need to consult authorities or read newspapers. Apart from that all the clerical branches will be closed. As no doubt a great number of visitors will come into the building, we shall have to keep the constables and guides on duty. A couple of messengers will also have to work. The main dining room will be open until after luncheon, and the cafeteria will do business as usual. All the other members of the staff of the House of Commons, except the cleaners who will be employed from 6.30 to 8.30 and 9 a.m., will be on holiday. I am, however, in the hands of the house, and if hon. members decide that all the offices, except the constables, be closed, I will act accordingly.