Mr. ALISTAIR STEWART (Winnipeg North):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. The appointment of a select committee to consider the question of human rights and fundamental freedoms is forecast in the speech from the throne. Can the right lion, gentleman inform the house when this committee is likely to be appointed and start functioning?
Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): The notice of motion for the setting up of this committee, together with the terms of reference, has been ready since quite some time ago but has been withheld only because it was felt that that motion would be the occasion of lengthy debate in the house and that it would not be proper to ask the house
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to take up that time before we have disposed of the emergency legislation. The notice of motion is ready and will be placed on the order paper just as soon as it appears that it may be dealt with without interfering with the work of the house on the emergency legislation.
Subtopic: HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS- INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE