October 26, 1951 (21st Parliament, 5th Session)

LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

May I be permitted to present the second report of the committee which was appointed on October 9, 1951, to consider with Mr. Speaker the procedure of this house for the purpose of suggesting any changes that may be desirable to assure the more expeditious dispatch of public business.
Your committee, pursuant to clause 2 of its first report, concurred in on October 12, 1951, relating to the hours of the sitting of the house, held a further meeting on October 25, 1951, to consider the results of the two weeks' experiment, and recommends as follows:
That the following new hours of sitting be given a trial on an experimental basis during the next two weeks:
For the week commencing on October 28, Mr. Speaker take the chair at 2.30 o'clock, p.m., on each sitting day and adjourn the house at 11 o'clock, p.m., without question put, unless the closure rule (standing order 39) be then in operation; except on Monday, Wednesday and Friday when the hour of adjournment will be 6.30 o'clock, p.m.; with provision for intermission from 6.30 o'clock, p.m. to 8 o'clock, p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; and, subject to any special orders, the hour set aside for private and public bills under standing order 15 remain the same on Tuesday and be from 5.30 o'clock, p.m. to 6.30 o'clock, p.m., on Friday.
For the week commencing on November 4, Mr. Speaker take the chair at 2.30 o'clock, p.m., on each sitting day and adjourn the house at 10.30 o'clock, p.m., without question put, unless the closure rule (standing order 39) be then in operation; except on Wednesday when the hour of adjournment will be 6 o'clock, p.m., and Friday when the hour of adjournment will be 7 o'clock, p.m.; with provision for the usual intermission from 6 o'clock, p.m., to 8 o'clock, p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and, subject to any special orders, the hour set aside for private and public bills under standing order 15 remain as at present on Tuesday and be from 6 o'clock, p.m. to 7 o'clock, p.m., on Friday.
That toward the end of the second week your committee consider the results of the four weeks' experiment and bring in recommendations based thereon with respect to the balance of the present session.

Topic:   CONCURRENCE IN SECOND REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON PROCEDURE
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