April 12, 1962 (24th Parliament, 5th Session)


Paul Raymond Martineau (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

The Chairman:

I agree with that citation, but the point at the moment is that there is no motion for postponement. Item 729 was discussed until the end of business that day. Today is another day. With regard to standing order No. 7, which was quoted by the hon. member for Hull, if we were to interpret that in the sense that any business commenced on one day if not terminated must be continued the following day, the government would never have any choice as to the business with which it wished to proceed.
The committee must go along with the order that is before it. The order is No. 13, "House again in committee of supply", which is the general order. That is the notice paper to which May refers. To my mind this document mentioned by the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a notice paper; it is simply a list of supplementary estimates. They must be listed in some order. I cannot see how they impose upon the government an obligation to proceed in that order, because in fact that order is very often deviated from for various reasons. Again I say that I must conform to the resolutions that are before me as chairman in the order in which they appear, unless the government wishes to change that order or unless the committee gives unanimous consent to so doing.

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