No, except that we will carry the work of pensions under the new amalgamation, as we do now. The general recommendations made by Mr. Scott- we cannot cover the situation fully unless we go more thoroughly into the report-are as follows:
(a) Giving to the Board of Pension Commissioners such staff as will enable them to function fully as an entirely separate body for the purpose of deciding upon the eligibility of pensioners and their dependants and calculating pensions payable.
And then he deals with transferring certain activities to the Department of Finance, and goes on to say:
(c) All other activities now directed by the Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment should be transferred to the Department of Health.
(d) An official of the Department of Health should be appointed as secretary of the Board of Pension Commissioners.
Those are the recommendations which Mr. Scott made. In dealing with the affairs of the department, I think you will find he shows that the work is largely of the nature of treatment or health work, and the work of the vetcraft can be considered as a form of treatment; but on the whole that the amalgamation will be an advantage in the matter of administration, and also would lead to very considerable economy.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL HEALTH AND VETERANS' WELFARE
Subtopic: PROPOSED AMALGAMATION OF DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH AND SOLDIERS' CIVIL KE-ESTABLISH-MENT