I had not allowed the question. If the hon. member has a question that is his own I would be glad to hear him, but I will not entertain a supplementary question to a question that I did not consider to be in order.
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. The first question was allowed; it is now on the record. While the Secretary of State did not rise to reply to it, surely the hon. member for Lapointe has the right to ask a similar or a supplementary question, since the other question was not ruled out of order.
I am sorry that I cannot agree with the hon. member. If the question was such as to raise the privileges of the house or of the hon. member or a point of order, then the hon. member should address himself to the Chair; but if no such point is involved in the question I consider that a supplementary question to a question that is not in order would also not be in order.
If I correctly apprehended the question it was of an entirely different order. It asked the Secretary of State whether he had received the design of a certain flag. It has been the custom over the years for the secretary of state to receive the designs which are sent to the government from time to time, and to file them in his department. I know this because I was once secretary of state. It therefore seems to me the question comes within the accepted ambit of the functions of the Secretary of State.
Mr. Speaker, all those who have read the minutes of proceedings of the committee entrusted with the study of the various flag designs in 1945 know it very well. I put again the question to the Secretary of State. In 1945 the hon. member who is now the Prime Minister of Canada (Mr. Diefenbaker) suggested a national flag, which was in no way of a distinctive nature. I want to ask him if he has this flag design in his flies.