Hon. members will recall that during the last session an abridged version of the order paper was produced on an experimental basis. The primary purpose of the experiment was to reduce the very high cost of the printing of parliamentary publications without reducing the information provided to hon. members. After consultations with the house leaders of the various parties it appears that hon. members would agree that the abridged version of the order paper only should be published for a further experimental period. Should the short version prove unsatisfactory the regular version would be reintroduced.
Hon. members noticed, I am sure, the great volume of Hansards, order papers and other papers which accumulated under their desks in the past session. Following consultations with the several house leaders it has been agreed that the filing of such papers under members' desks could be discontinued. It is therefore proposed that the day-to-day papers and publications will continue to be placed on hon. members' desks but that those papers will be removed at the close of each day. An adequate supply of back issues in both languages will be maintained in both lobbies. The ordinary distribution to members' offices will continue as in the past.
I hope that hon. members will find such arrangements acceptable. I shall be pleased to receive suggestions and they will be given due consideration.