Mr. HUGHES CLEAVER (Halton) presented the first report of the special committee on war expenditures, as follows: Your committee recommends that it be empowered:
1. To sit while the house is sitting and notwithstanding any adjournment of the house, and to adjourn from place to place.
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2. To determine the manner and extent to which the evidence, proceedings and reports shall be printed or typed, and that where the same are ordered to be printed there be printed 500 copies in English and 200 copies in French, and that standing order 64 be suspended in relation thereto.
3. To appoint subcommittees, to fix the quorum of any such subcommittee, and to refer to such subcommittee any of the matters referred to the committee; any subcommittee so appointed to have power to send for persons, papers and records and to examine witnesses under oath or otherwise, to sit while the house is sitting and notwithstanding any adjournment of the house, to adjourn from place to place, and to report from time to time to the committee.
4. To employ such secretarial, reportorial, clerical and other assistance as it may deem necessary.
5. In cases where considerations of national security preclude the publishing of certain recommendations and of the arguments upon which they are based, to address a memorandum to the Prime Minister for the consideration of the war cabinet, provided that the committee shall, whenever it has exercised such powers, report the fact as soon as possible to the house.
Your committee further recommends that during any adjournment of the house, its reports shall be deemed to have been tabled when filed with the clerk of the house and seven days have elapsed after the date of such filing.
Your committee further recommends that six members constitute a quorum, and that standing order 65 (3) be suspended in relation thereto.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
Mr. CLEAVER moved that the report be concurred in.