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Friday, 21 November 1941

Mr SPEAKER - At every sitting, the reporters have in their discretion to vary the actual words used by honorable members, and I think that very often such emendations improve a speech. To guard against the possibility of honorable members approaching a reporter to have alterations made in their speeches, I have issued instructions that no alteration of a. substantial or material character shall be madewithout reference to myself. I believe that that rule is observed. But reporters cannot be expected to refer to Mr. Speaker the many small questions of elimination, addition or variation which arise every day. In the instance that is now in question I think that the reporter exercised his best discretion and acted bona fide, though, as subsequent events have shown, it would have been better if the wordshad been included in the passage.

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