(3) Order in Council P.C. No. 2959, dated 27th November, 1913, amending the regulations approved by Order in Council of 17th September, 1889, so as to provide that letters-patent issuing in the name of a deceased person such letters-patent shall not be void, but the title to the land shall become vested in the heirs or other legal representatives of such deceased person.
Copies of each of which Orders in Council were laid before this House on the 2nd day of February, 1914, for the approval of this House under the provisions of subsection (d) of section 38 of the regulations for the survey, administration, disposal and management of Dominion lands within the forty-mile railway belt in the province of British Columbia and the said Orders in Council are now so approved.
He said: According to the statute, the Minister of the Interior is supposed to lay upon the table, of the House within fifteen days after the opening of each session copies of all regulations passed by Order in Council during the recess. That procedure was followed last January, when I laid upon the table of the House all regulations that had been adopted by the Department of the Interior, which regulations, according to the statute, are supposed to be approved formally by Parliament. These regulations deal with a great many matters connected with the administration of the department. They refer to the leasing of school lands, to forest and park reserves, to clay deposits in townsites within park reserves, to purchased homesteads, to deceased homesteaders' rights, to the leasing of Dominion lands containing limestone, granite, marble, gravel, sand and building stone. Certain of the regulations make the same provisions in connection with coal mining rights on forest reserves as those which apply to Dominion lands generally. I think that this covers generally the regulations that have been passed during the recess. I had a talk with the hon. member for Edmonton yesterday, the ex-Minister of the Interior, and he said that he did not think it necessary to enter into any discussion of these Orders in Council. They have been on the table of the House since last January, and open to the inspection of members.