Mr Speaker, I thank you very much, without contesting your decision.
Mr Speaker, with the greatest respect, I did not add that we should withdraw a Motion. I did not ask that this House withdraws a Motion because it was not a Motion.
I said that, based on the rules of this House, the minimum requirement for laying a Paper or a Bill has not been met. Therefore, I seek that, this House, which took that decision yesterday, should take another look and a decision that since the Bill did not meet the minimum requirement, it should not be laid. [Interruption.] The minimum requirement is to have sufficient copies.
Mr Speaker, with the greatest respect the procedural advisors are sitting right in front of you. The Table Office is the one to receive the Bill. In the interest of the public, I would want you to ask the procedural advisors seated in front of you whether they have sufficient copies in their offices. If it is so, then you would let me and the Hon Majority Whip go with them to show us those copies.
Mr Speaker, they do not have them; I am speaking on authority. There are no copies in this House. Let us deal justly with each other.
Mr Speaker, with regard to your ruling on the Motion, I did not ask for it to be
withdrawn. I said that the Bill was not properly placed before us because it has not been in the House for more than twenty-four hours now. As we speak, we still do not have sufficient copies in the House. So, that was what I asked you to do, not a withdrawal of a Motion.
However, with regard to what the Hon Majority Leader said, that we did not take a decision, with the greatest respect, I beg to disagree with him. Yesterday, when the House agreed that this Paper was duly laid and referred to a committee, in my humble opinion, that was a decision that the House took.
So, to say that the House had not taken a decision, I disagree with him. This is because since the Hon Speaker said it is laid and referred to a committee, that constituted a decision.
So, it is that decision that I would want us to rescind. I would be happy to learn if the Standing Orders could be used to guide us, that the Hon Speaker's ruling had to do with a Motion. I did not ask a Motion to be withdrawn. I said that the decision we took to have laid a Paper and referred same should be withdrawn. That is all I asked.
If the Hon Speaker says he is now talking about Bills, I would respect Mr Speaker's view; and if I want to challenge him, I know what to do.