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Orders for Return

Lengthy and complex answers to questions containing information from a number of government departments may be transferred to become orders for return (that is, documents that must be provided pursuant to an order adopted by the House).

The request that a reply obtained to a question take the form of a return is made by the Government. If the agreement of the House is granted, the return is tabled immediately and becomes a sessional paper available for public scrutiny. It is available to all Members on request, from the Clerk, but is not published in the Debates.

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