Horn J. T. THORSON (Minister of National War Services):
Mr. Speaker, at the adjournment last night I was dealing with applications for postponement under the national war services regulations. The board deals with each individual case on its merits. I think I may say, however, that in each case it is actuated by the national interest and the national economy. I would draw the attention of hon. members to the new section 14, which replaces the former one. This section appears in the Canada Gazette of October 7. Subsection 1 sets out the general principles upon which the board acts in consideration of applications for postponement. It reads as follows:
(1) When considering any application made in accordance with section 10 hereof-
This is the section which deals with the making of applications.
-the board before which the application is made shall have power to grant an advancement or postponement order when it is of the opinion that it is in the national interest to do so and, in granting such order, the board shall state the reasons for such opinion. No postponement order may be made for more than six months but, upon reviewing the application, the board may grant one or more extensions; provided that the board may cancel the order at any time for military reasons or for cause. Provided further that there shall be no exemption and no indefinite postponement of military training or service.