Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker: I should like to submit to the house a motion which has to do with the business of the house and of which notice is to be found on page 38 of Routine Proceedings and Orders of the Day. It reads:
That, except on Wednesdays, Mr. Speaker shall leave the chair at six o'clock p.m. until seven-thirty, and shall adjourn the house at ten-thirty p.m. without question put, unless the closure rule (standing order No. 39) be then in operation, this order to be in effect until and upon the last sitting day of the month of April.
In making this motion I do not submit it as a recommendation to the house. As hon. members know, the motion under which we now sit in the evening from seven-thirty until ten-thirty has to do only with the period during which the address in reply to the speech from the throne is under discussion. If at the conclusion of this debate there were no motion before the house to continue these hours of sitting, the house would automatically revert to the eleven o'clock rule. I have heard comments on both sides, some as to the advisability of reverting to the eleven o'clock rule, and some in favour of continuing for a further period with the ten-thirty hour of adjournment. For the purpose of allowing the house to make its preference known in that regard, I am submitting this motion.