I should like to make a brief statement to the house with reference to provisional standing order 39A, under which certain questions are debated after ten o'clock on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The chairman of the subcommittee on procedure, the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles), undertook on Friday that the operation of this standing order would be reviewed in the light of certain misunderstandings of last Thursday night. That subcommittee has reviewed the matter, and the results of its deliberations thus far were reported to the committee on procedure and organization at noon today.
As a result of our discussions the Chair feels that it will be possible to interpret standing order 39A in a way that will be fair to all hon. members, and the Chair expresses confidence that with the co-operation of all hon. members, difficulties of interpretation can be avoided. The subcommittee has suggested certain guide lines which the Chair feels will be most helpful. If further difficulties arise the subcommittee will recommend an appropriate amendment to the standing order, but it is hoped that this will not be necessary.