Yes, and that is the
reason I say it. I had thought when he moved the motion I would be able to deal with one or two matters he mentioned. However, I have only this to say: So far as I
am aware, when a bill has been introduced, as a bill, there is no precedent for the engaging of counsel. There is precedent for such engagement in the preparation of it. I have never known of a bill referred by this house to a committee involving the retaining of counsel, but I have frequently with relation to the preparation of it. That is quite a simple matter. But after the government has launched a measure and it has been offered to the house, I cannot recall any occasions-there may have been some-on which that has happened. After a measure has been
crystallized into a bill, I must say the suggestion that counsel be retained is entirely new to me.
Subtopic: CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE-APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL