Hon. h. M. MACDONALD (Acting Minister of National Defence): Mr. Speaker, I desire to present the third report of the special committee to whom was referred Bill No. 15 to readjust the representation of the House of Commons. The report is as follows: Wednesday, June 27, 1923.
The special committee, to whom was referred the Bill No. It, an act to readjust the representation in the House of Commons, beg leave to present the following as their third report:
Your committee held several meetings since its appointment on the 22nd of February last. The preparation of the schedules to be annexed to the said Bill was entrusted to sub-committees. The greater number of such sub-committees accomplished considerable work and have, from time to time, reported progress to your committee. It has been found, however, that differences of opinion exist, and your committee have decided that it would be unable to complete the schedules before prorogation.
They therefore have agreed to report back the Bill without amendment, and recommend that a similar committee be appointed at an early period at the next session of Parliament to consider such Bill.
Your committee also recommend that the letters, maps secured from the Department of the Interior and papers produced in the course of its proceedings remain in the possession of the clerk of the committee until the next session of Parliament, and that the same be produced by him at the first regular meeting of the newly-appointed committee.
Your committee also submit herewith a copy of the printed proceedings and evidence taken before them for the information of the House.
All of which is respectfully submitted.