I would like the indulgence of hon. members for a few moments before we get into the routine business of the house. The matter about which I wish to speak is something which has previously given the house concern, but during the past few weeks it has manifested itself more particularly. Our Hansard records have had a rather staccato appearance caused by gratuitous interjections into hon. members' speeches by other hon. members.
This creates a very difficult situation. The interjections themselves are quite out of order. I think all hon. members recognize that, and they leave a great responsibility upon the Hansard reporters and Hansard editor to determine, in effect, what are the proceedings of the house. I think it is recognized that this is not a task which should be laid upon them, and the position of acting as censor of Hansard is not one which is sought or ought to be sought by the Speaker.
It will be recognized that within, shall we say, earshot of the Hansard reporters, hon. members on both sides of the house appear to interject a great deal in debates and, frankly, some speeches are just riddled with interjections which are not heard either by the member who has the floor or by the Chair.
They actually consist of a sort of secondary debate by an hon. member who has not got the floor, in addition to which it permits certain hon. members to enter into a debate in a way which is not fair to other hon. members who sit further away from the Hansard reporters' table.
In this regard, I think all hon. members have equal rights in the house, but those hon. members who find themselves at the far end of the chamber and those who are much closer to the chair, if they would want to be heard in the same way would have to shout. Then of course we would be reduced to completely chaotic conditions in the house.
I offer these comments only in the spirit of maintaining the decorum of the house and the proprieties of the proceedings of the house,
and I trust hon. members will govern themselves accordingly. I think it is also known that unfortunately some very good speeches are ofttimes torpedoed by deliberate and gratuitous interjections that are not heard either by the person who has the floor or by the Chair. We cannot say that Hansard reporters or editors must themselves delete these interjections. In conclusion I ask hon. members to govern themselves accordingly in this regard.