2,000. This would entail, at an annual average rate of $320, an expenditure of $264,000. If, on the other hand, provisions were made only for those who arrived in South Africa during hostilities, the cost would be $188,000 the first year. But we must always bear in mind that in preparing this memorandum they did not take into consideration the fact that a very large number saw service in the late war, some of whom were killed in the war, some probably disabled and receiving pension, and others of whom would be entitled, by reason of service in the late war, to war veterans' allowances.
I would remind the minister of this recommendation made by the pension committee last year:
Your committee also recommends that the Veterans' Assistance Commission to be appointed under the provisions of Bill No. 28 make an investigation into the position of those veterans under the age of fifty-five years who are by reason of disability, pre-aging and general unfitness, incapable of maintaining themselves.
Will the minister require from this commission a report in accordance with that recommendation ?
Mr. Chairman, I was just wondering about the item on the preceding page under pensions and national health, "authorized by statute." How is it that the -amount varies and there is an increase of $100,000 in the amount authorized by statute? What is the explanation for that?
I have a great deal of personal knowledge in regard to the work of the Victorian Order of Nurses in my home town of Brampton, and I should like to say that the splendid work which is done throughout Ontario and the dominion by these nurses cannot be overemphasized. I do not think this item should be allowed to pass without someone making this statement, because there are few organizations in this country that do as good work in as quiet and effective a way as the work which is done by the Victorian Order of Nurses.