The query was in order as was also the answer, which I regarded as a ministerial declaration. But surely no one will deny that, in the absence of a report to the House of the special committee, the proceedings of that committee may not be debated here.
Ml1. STEVENS: I gather from your ruling, Mr. Speaker, that I have not transgressed the rules of the House in putting the question.
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