mendation of the international labour conference held in New York in 1941, that a special grant of 1,000,000 Swiss francs should be provided for the international labour office for the study of .post-war reconstruction.
The international labour office has been proceeding with its programme of study in accordance with this recommendation and the amounts necessary to cover the work done in 1942 and to be achieved this year are both included in the league budget for 1943. Another reason for the current increase has been that certain states under axis control gave, over two years ago, notice of their retirement, and this notice has now become effective, thus reducing the potential contributors to the support of the league institutions. The league is financed by assessing against each member state a certain number of units of contribution based roughly on each state's capacity to pay. Canada has for many years been assessed 35 units. Most of the satellite European states under axis control have ceased to be members of the league and the contributions assessed against the allied European governments whose territories have been overrun by the enemy have been reduced to token figures. Hence the total number of units of contribution has been sharply reduced and the member states in the British commonwealth, Latin America and elsewhere whose territories have not been overrun by the enemy bear a higher proportion of the total budget.
My hon. friend is aware that the international labour office is at present located in Montreal and is carrying on its business there, and has had various meetings. The league assembly and the council are not in being at this time.
Item agreed to.
44. Portion of expenditure of the imperial economic committee, $1,575.