Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Munitions and Supply) moved the second reading of and concurrence in amendments made by the senate to bill No. 173, respecting the Department of Reconstruction and Supply.
He said: Mr. Speaker, several amendments have been made to the bill. They fall into three classes. The first amendment is purely a revision of wording and makes no material change. The second class of amendments- there are several of them-make it clear that there is an appeal to the exchequer court from any decision of the minister. A recent judgment of the court had made that somewhat doubtful, and so the bill has been rewritten to make it clear that all decisions of the minister with reference to matters in the renegotiation section are subject to an appeal to the exchequer court.
There are two further amendments the purpose of which is to put a termination date to the period during which contracts are subject to renegotiation. A contract to be subject to renegotiation must have been entered into before the second day of September, 1945, and any bulk termination of contracts cannot be for any year later than the fiscal year that includes September 2, 1945.
That is the purpose of the amendments to the bill. Its provisions have not been weakened
fMr. Mackenzie King.]
in any way, and I have no hesitation in moving concurrence in the amendments made by the other house.
Motion agreed to; amendments read the second time and concurred in.
The house having reverted to orders of the