House of Commons Procedure and Practice
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6. The Physical and Administrative Setting

There is no such thing as a bad seat in the House of Commons.

Speaker Gilbert Parent
(Debates, September 30, 1998, p. 8585)


hile the House of Commons conducts its business in accordance with established procedures and practices, it does so in its own unique physical setting and under administrative structures of its own making. These two factors are an important backdrop to the procedural operations of the House. This chapter provides information about Ottawa as the seat of government, the Parliament Buildings, the House of Commons Chamber and the administrative framework through which are provided an array of facilities and services dedicated to the operations of the House and the needs of its Members.

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