Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, I am not quite
certain whether my inquiry should be directed to Your Honour or to the Prime Minister. It concerns a matter which has been made the subject matter of a question of privilege at to-day's sitting. On March 21 last the joint committee on the parliamentary restaurant adopted certain regulations affecting members of the Senate and the House of Commons, deputy ministers, private secretaries, and members of the press gallery, as well as others mentioned in the regulations. I have no desire to reflect upon the wisdom or otherwise of the regulations so passed; that would be highly improper. I should like however to inquire if it is the custom in respect of a joint committee of both houses of parliament for a report to be presented and concurrence asked, the procedure which is followed in respect of the reports of single chamber committees. I raise this point merely to seek information, in view of the fact that the rights and privileges of some of the persons mentioned appear to have been drastically affected by the new regulations, without any opportunity having been given to parliament to express its opinion.
May I add that in my time in parliament I cannot recall a parliamentary joint committee having made a report to the house. I cannot recall on the other hand that there has been any regulation which has so drastically affected certain persons who perhaps have not the same opportunity to express their opinions in the house.
Subtopic: PRIVILEGE-RESOLUTION ADOPTED AT MEETING OP JOINT COMMITTEE ON MARCH 21