Hon. A. B. COPP (Secretary of State) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 47, to repeal The War Charities Act, 1917.
He said: The War Charities Act was passed in 1917 entirely as a war measure. It provided that all associations collecting moneys for works of charity during the war should be licensed, and that a register should be kept in connection with these organizations; it was also provided that returns should be made to the Department of the Secretary of State every six months in regard to the work done, showing what moneys had been collected and what disposition had been made of them. During the war 846 of such associations were licensed, and, of these, since the close of the war 671 have been dropped from the register, being no longer in existence. There are 143 associations now under license as chapters of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, and these are practically all the organizations at present under the licensing system. It has been deemed advisable to repeal the act, as it is felt that the system of licensing such associations is no longer necessary and is only a burden on the women working in these organizations. The officials of the department have advised me that there is no longer any necessity for this particular statute.
Motion agreed to apid bill read the first time.