-that it should not be considered by the house in terms of its being approved on second reading until its subject matter has been discussed by a committee of this house. This was part of the answer that I was prepared to give to my friend the hon. member for St. Lawrence-St. George (Mr. Richardson) when we were on a previous bill but I was prevented from doing so because I yielded to him and lost my right to speak again.
I say to him now what we have tried to say to the house with respect to a great many bills this session, that we do not think
the house should be asked to give the approval that is involved in second reading until a committee has studied these bills. It is obvious from the way the votes have been going today that the house as a whole does not share that position and therefore we shall not move the same amendment to this bill.
I say to my friend the hon. member for Macleod (Mr. Hansell) that we have always recognized the point that he made, namely that these people who come to parliament under our present practices have a right to have their petitions and their bills considered, whatever may be the outcome of that consideration. So far as we are concerned, whatever may be our attitude to any other piece of legislation that is on the order paper, we shall do what we can to see to it that before this session ends all of the divorce bills on the order paper are given consideration by the house. There are one or two which we feel should not be allowed to pass and we will single them out when the time comes.
Perhaps at this point, Mr. Speaker, I might indicate to you and to the hon. member for Kingston (Mr. Henderson) who is sponsoring these bills that after Bill No. 286 which is order No. 44 has been disposed of we would be willing for a number of bills to be taken in one motion, being orders Nos. 45 to 88, both inclusive. Now Your Honour recognizes a slight problem there because order No. 77 is different from the others in that it is an order for resuming an adjourned debate. I leave that problem in your hands.
Also, if the house were to give unanimous consent, we would be willing to give second reading in one motion to orders Nos. 101 to 122, both inclusive. I trust I have made it clear as to which bills we are prepared to give consent in one motion. There are others in the excluded numbers which we wish to raise later on.