Mr. Arnold Peters (Timiskaming):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to say something before the question is put. If I had been at the second last meeting of the veterans affairs committee I would have opposed this change. The committee has a membership of 60, and obviously there should be enough people available to constitute a quorum.
Over the past three years the Prime Minister has suggested that the committees should be made more effective in the discharge of their functions. Obviously the veterans affairs committee cannot be effective if only 10 out of 60 members are present. I suggest that one thing we should possibly do is what the Prime Minister tried to do a year or two ago, when he installed a speaker system in his office in order to follow the debates in the house. I am not suggesting that that be done in our offices, but rather that simultaneous translation and amplification systems be installed in each of the committee rooms so that members will be able to follow the debates in the committees.
Subtopic: FOURTH AND FIFTH REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE-CONCURRENCE IN FOURTH REPORT