Hon. H. II. STEVENS (Minister of Trade and Commerce): I have not given notice of the motion I propose to move, Mr. Speaker, but probably there will be no objection whatever to its passing to-day. If there is such objection I shall let it stand as notice of motion, but the reason I ask that it pass to-day is that we have brought a gentleman to Ottawa from Winnipeg to appear before the agriculture committee. It would be a decided convenience to him if this motion carried to-day. Therefore I move, seconded by the Minister of Railways and Canals (Mr. Manion):
That matters referred to in returns Nos. 147 and 147a be referred to the agricultural committee with instructions to examine such records as may by the committee be deemed necessary, and to hear such witnesses as it may desire and to call for such papers in connection therewith, and to report to the house.
This refers to the returns in connection with what is known as the Robert Whiteside correspondence, and is in accordance with an understanding we had the other day to refer the matter to the committee on agriculture.