I quite agree with my hon. friend (Hon. Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper) that, with respect to the past, perhaps it would have been better ir we had one or two meetings more. As to the suggestion that it is desirable that we should have two meetings a week, I do not feel able to agree to that as a fixed policy, because other engagements might arise to interfere with it. For example, yesterday we had difficulty in getting the members together, though I admit that there was a fair attendance, but members were constantly leaving the room to go into the adjoining room, where the Railway Committee was in session. The meetings of these committees side by side had a very confusing tendency. I think it right that the committee should meet frequently, and without Sir CHARI.ES HIBBERT TUPPER.
committing myself to two meetings a week as a fixed rule, I shall see to it that the members of the committee shall have ample opportunity to deal with the matters to which the hon. gentleman has referred. On the return of the chairman, who, I hope, will be here to-day or to-morrow, I shall ask him to join me in adopting means that reasonable frequency shall mark the meetings of the committee hereafter.
Subtopic: PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE.