Mr. L. Philippe Picard (Bellechasse):
Mr. Speaker, as chairman of that committee, perhaps I may be permitted to give a word of explanation. About a year or so ago this method of recording proceedings was suggested when I was chairman of the public accounts committee, and the other day we
tried this as a sort of exploratory experiment in order to determine whether such a system would be of assistance to the reporters and to enable them, if possible, to have a more accurate record of what is being said. The recording made the other day is now being transcribed and will be compared with the transcript made by the reporters, and a report will be made to Mr. Speaker and to the committee on house procedure in due course. There is nothing definite about this and I secured the permission of the Speaker to instal the machine. According to what I see reported in the Journal, it is quite true that people looked askance at this machine and treated it as if it were a box of snakes rather than just a reporting machine. The present record will be destroyed once it has been transcribed and the transcript submitted to the committee on house procedure.
I would emphasize that this experiment was undertaken to see if it could be of assistance. Reporting committees is quite a difficult task for new reporters, and there are two or three new ones on the present staff, and we hoped it would be of assistance in making a more accurate verbatim report of what was being said.
Subtopic: MR. DREW-USE OF RECORDING EQUIPMENT