Yesterday, when the hon. member for Fundy-Royal proposed to move this motion, the Chair drew the attention of hon. members to a difficulty in relation to the form of the third report of the Standing Joint Committee on Regulations and Other Statutory Instruments.
I think I should insist on the fact that it is not the substance of the report which concerns the Chair, but rather its form. As I stated yesterday, there is a procedure established by the House of Commons Act and the supply legislation for the employment of committee staff. The method suggested in this case appears to the Chair to be inconsistent with that observed in the past. I am aware, however, that arrangements have been made in the other place to overcome the difficulty, and I would think that in the circumstances it would be in order to put the motion.
I might also add that, as the hon. member for Fundy-Royal pointed out yesterday, there have been consultations of which I was not aware, which puts a different complexion on the situation. I have to assume that this motion is being put by consent, so it will not necessarily constitute a precedent. This having been said, I am sure hon. members will expect the Chair to put the motion.
Subtopic: REGULATIONS AND OTHER STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS
Sub-subtopic: CONCURRENCE IN THIRD REPORT OF STANDING JOINT COMMITTEE