Mr. Chairman, may I make a comment on the point of order and in respect of what the Postmaster General has just said. On previous votes in committee, on two separate occasions I have raised a similar point of order without naming the hon. Members who came in late. On each occasion the chairman of the committee at that time agreed that my point of order was well taken and that hon. members should not enter the chamber when a vote was being taken in committee.
The Chairman refers to Standing Order 12(2) of the previous issue of the Standing Orders. Today it is Standing Order 15(2), and it reads:
When Mr. Speaker is putting a question, no Member shall enter, walk out of or across the House, or make any noise or disturbance.
The Chairman goes on to say:
There is no doubt that by analogy the same rule will apply in committee. Therefore I believe that one vote should be deducted from the count made.
The other ruling to which I would like to refer is by Mr. Speaker Lamoureux, as reported in Hansard on December 2, 1971, at page 10,076. It reads:
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: INCOME TAX ACT