Rt. Hon. R. L. BORDEN (Prime Minister) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 240, to amend the Public Archives Act. He said: This Bill proposes a very slight
amendment to chapter 4 of the statutes of 1912. It provides that:
Unless otherwise ordered by the Governor in Council, the powers and duties of the minister under this Act shall not be exercised or discharged by deputy except so far as the Dominion Archivist is authorized to act for or as the deputy of the minister.
It has been suggested that the archives should 'be created into a separate department, inasmuch as there is some difficulty in carrying on the business of the archives owing to the fact that its location is altogether separate from the Department of the Secretary of State, who is the minister of the department. This does not seem necessary; but at the same time it should be placed in such a position that the Archivist can, with the assistance of an accountant or other suitable officer, carry on the business of the archives with a much less
amount of red tape as to very small transactions than has been necessary in the past.