Order. The hon. member for Winnipeg South Centre yesterday questioned the propriety of certain departmental officials using the first row behind the press gallery for the performance of their responsibilities as departmental or ministerial officials. I indicated to the hon. member that I would look into the situation, and I have now had the opportunity of doing so.
[DOT] (2:40 p.m.)
There is a degree of uncertainty, as I indicated yesterday, in respect of the first row behind the press gallery; that is, whether it is an extension of the press gallery, an extension of the official gallery, or part of the general gallery.
In view of the uncertainty of the situation 1 took the opportunity to suggest that when space is available in the recognized official gallery the departmental officials should use it rather than other galleries for the exercise of their official responsibilities.