Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved:
That a select committee be appointed to examine the expenditure defrayed out of moneys provided by parliament for national defence and demobilization, and foT other services directly connected with the war, including the disposal of surplus war assets, and to report what, if any,
economies consistent with the execution of the policy, decided by the government may be effected therein, and that notwithstanding standing order 65 the committee shall consist of twenty-five members, namely: Messrs. Benidiqk-son, Black (Cumberland), Bradebte, Cleaver, Cote (Verdun), Dion (Lake St. John-Roberval), Golding, Homuth, Isnor, Jackman, Knowles, Lalonde, MacdonnaH, Marier, Marquis, McGregor, Mcllrait'h, McLure, Michaud, Probe, Reid, Shaw, 'Smith (Calgary West), Stewart (Winnipeg North), Wdnloler, with power to send for persons, papers and records; to examine witnesses, and to report from time to time to the bouse.
He said: Mr. Speaker, I believe hon.
members are anxious to have the select and standing committees set up as soon as possible. Last year there was some complaint that we were lax in. having some of the committees constituted at an early date, in particular the select committee on expenditures.
If I thought there would be any debate on this motion I would not press it at this time. I should imagine however the house would be glad to have the committee set up at once. If that is so, I should be pleased to have the house proceed with my motion.
The motion offered this year is in exactly the same terms as the motion passed at the last session. The personnel of the committee is, I understand, the same.
Subtopic: APPOINTMENT OP COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER EXPENDITURES AND DISPOSAL OP SURPLUS WAR ASSETS