Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to join with the hon. member for Essex East, who on this occasion is my partner in protest. I agree with what he has said. I might say that in heart and in mind we agree when it comes to criticism of the present arrangements with regard to the committees. In the veterans affairs committee we unanimously agreed to reduce the quorum to 10. We accepted that suggestion reluctantly because we would attend meetings and would wait 15 minutes, 20 minutes, and 25 minutes. We would have a number of officials, whose time is valuable, waiting for the committee to meet in order to give their answers to questions raised by members of the committee. It was because of that circumstance that we agreed to a reduction of the quorum to 10. However, as the hon. member for Essex East has mentioned, there is a committee which is called to meet today at one o'clock. I refer to the committee on external affairs. I cannot attend that committee meeting.
Subtopic: FOURTH AND FIFTH REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE-CONCURRENCE IN FOURTH REPORT