I have the honour to present the report of the special committee appointed on the 8th day of June, 1951, to consider with Mr. Speaker the matter of an amplification system for this house. The committee begs leave to report as follows:
Your committee has considered types of installation used by other parliamentary bodies and has come to the conclusion that a sound-reinforcing system similar to the one which is installed in the House of Commons chamber in the houses of parliament in London, England, known as a low level system, would be the most suitable for our chamber. This system is designed specifically so as to make it possible for everyone in the chamber to hear any member who may be speaking, and to have his voice reproduced in all sections of the house at the same level as the speaker's natural voice.
The conclusion which has been reached by the committee for the installation of this system in our chamber is in accordance with the opinion expressed by government officials who are recognized specialists in this type of work. Also the assistant chief engineer of the Ministry of Works in the United Kingdom has inspected this chamber and has reported favourably as to the use of a similar system.
The committee was informed that in the British house the equipment is on an annual rental basis operated by trained employees of the company, and that it has been found advantageous. The company renting the equipment is under contract to keep it in proper working order at all times, to replace any parts which may give out or need replacement, and to instal improved equipment as, if and when it comes on the market. In other words, the company is required to keep and to operate the whole installation at peak performance at all times at its own expense.
Your committee therefore recommends that a sound-reinforcing system, similar to the one in the House of Commons chamber at Westminster, should be installed in our chamber, and that appropriate action be taken accordingly.