Before the hon. member continues his speech may I say to hon. members that they know perfectly well it is against the rules to read a speech in this house. They also know perfectly well that on different occasions I have called the attention of hon. members on both sides to that rule. However, hon. members will appreciate that in spite of the fact that the rules forbid the reading of speeches, unfortunately it has become a practice on the part of many hon. members to do so during the debate on the address in reply to the speech from the throne. Since I have been appointed Speaker, every session after the debate on the address is concluded I have informed hon. members that I would not tolerate any further reading of speeches. I believe it is only fair that we should be generous to the hon. member who has the floor since, as another hon. member has already stated, hon. gentlemen on all sides of the house have read speeches during this debate. I might add' that hon. members will realize that the hon. gentleman who has the floor actually has quoted many figures and extracts of one kind and another, so he has had to read a good deal, and I believe he should be excused for having done so. Now I hope
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hon. members will be kind enough to let the hon. gentleman proceed with his speech, and not interrupt him any more.
Subtopic: TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971