Sir WILFRID LAURIER:
Then, as that seems to be the understanding, what are we to understand by the word 'department' which is used in this rule:
On Thursdays and Fridays, when the Order of the Day is called for the House to go into Committee of Supply, or of Ways and Means, Mr. Sneaker will leave the Chair without put-20i
ting any question, provided that, except by the consent of the House, the Estimates of each department shall be first taken up on a day other than Thursday or Friday.
To-day I understand we are taking up Civil Government, and taking it up as one department. On page 8 of the Estimates we have these words, 'Civil Government, amount to be voted, $6,413,378.75.' That is what is required for Civil Government. In this amount is included the expenditures of the various departments for the Civil Service at Ottawa; for instance, there is for the Customs Department $615,987, and again on page 96 we have another vote, item 342, amounting to $4,210,000, for the Customs Department. If we take up to-day all the departments and exhaust them, I suppose this will not be considered as having gone into the Interior or Customs or Excise or any other department, but that when the time comes for us to consider these appropriations, the House will have to be moved again into Committee of Supply?
Subtopic: INTERPRETATION OF RULE 17.