Mr. Speaker, I think when the Secretary of State for External Affairs is referring his estimates to a committee of this house he should make a statement to open the debate. Incidentally that was the understanding that I had of the course of this debate-that the minister would first make a statement. If he does not make such a statement now, he will close the debate 80709-176
when he speaks, and if he makes some pronouncements then which the house might wish to discuss, the house will be precluded from discussing them. In view of the general international situation I urge upon the minister that he make his statement now and give a lead to the discussion.
Subtopic: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic: REFERENCE OF ESTIMATES OF DEPARTMENT TO STANDING COMMITTEE