October 24, 1949 (21st Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I will look into the question that has been raised. It is unfortunate that there was not an amplifying system in the house today. I can assure hon. members that the matter is receiving consideration. The former Speaker went into it at considerable length. He spent a good deal of time on the matter, and I am sure he will be pleased to act on any committee that may be appointed to go into it further, or co-operate in any other way.
The hon. member for Medicine Hat has stated that he would like very much to have met Pandit Nehru. May I tell hon. members that it has been my custom, since you have done me the honour of electing me Speaker of the house, to invite a number of hon. members of the house and members of the press gallery to my chambers when a distinguished visitor comes to Ottawa and calls upon me. There have been four or five distinguished visitors this session, and on each occasion I have invited thirty or forty hon. members. The house will realize that the Speaker's chambers are not large enough to accommodate all hon. members at one time; but I hope to continue the custom of inviting thirty or forty on each occasion when a distinguished visitor calls upon me here. May I add that if at any time any hon. member would like especially to meet a distinguished visitor who is in Ottawa, I shall be pleased to make that arrangement for him.
I thought I should make that statement to the house, so hon. members may know the system I have adopted.

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Topic:   QUESTION OF USE OF PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM- OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS TO MEET DISTINGUISHED VISITORS
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