Mr. L. N. CHAMPAGNE (Wright).
Mr. Speaker, I beg to move that the sixth report of the Select Committee appointed to supervise the official report of the Debates, be adopted) with a modification of the third clause. This clause reads as follows :
That the amanuenses to the official reporters, *who at present are receiving $3 per diem for their services, be, as regards salary, placed on the same footing as the extra sessional clerks, i.e., that they be paid $4 per diem, and that the said increase date from the beginning of the present session.
It is proposed to modify this portion of the report, to make it read as follows :
That the amenuenses to the official reporters, who have been employed during the presont session, and who have been receiving $3 per diem for their services, be paid $3.50 per day lor the term they have been employed and will be so employed, and that the said increase date from the beginning of the present session.
I may explain to the House that the object of this amendment is to cover the case of a certain gentleman who has been employed as amanuenses of one of the reporters from the beginning of the session until the 1st of July, and who has since been replaced by another man. My attention has been drawn to the fact that clause 3 of the report as it is framed would entitle the gentleman who has been employed from the 1st of July until the end of the session to receive the increased pay from the beginning of the session, while the other, who served from the beginning of the session until the 1st of July, would only be paid $3 per day. It is to cover that case that this modification is suggested. The committee recommended in the report that the salaries of the amanuenses be increased from $3 to $4 per day. Representations, however, have been made to me by the government-I think there is no indiscretion on my part in saying by the lion. Minister of Finance and the Speaker of the House-to the effect that while $4 per day was not altogether an excessive salary, it would not be in accordance with what is paid to other sessional clerks. Therefore, I suggest now that the report be modified to that extent, so that these employees will be paid $3.50 per day. With this modification, I move the adoption of the report.