On Monday morning we shall take up item No. 4 on to-day's order paper. With respect to item Nos. 5 and 7, National Defence Act amendment, these are measures which it would be very convenient to have passed at this time for the purpose of enabling the recruiting of the army to be uninterrupted. The Militia Act fixes a limit of 10,000 upon those who can be recruited, for the permanent force, and that is a limit which it was felt the government should not modify by order in council under the Emergency Transitional Powers Act. But I understand that several members have gone away feeling that these two items were not to be considered at this session. Under these circumstances, the government would be disposed to defer the consideration of these items, but making the statement at this time that it is only because of the desirability of deferring them that it will resort to the Emergency Transitional Powers Act to remove the limitation of 10,000 that might be an impediment to the recruiting for the army now going on. Then at the very opening of the next session it will reintroduce legislation for the purpose of having this limit removed by parliament, because we feel that it is something which should be done by parliament.
I am just making these remarks because I should not like to have the reproach made, when we have come to parliament at the next session, that we had in the meantime presumed to deal with it by order in council. Then, after disposing of No. 4, we should take up No. 6, to amend the National Emergency Transitional Powers Act, to extend to sixty days after the opening of the next session, instead of fifteen days, the duration of the measures adopted under that act. Then we shall take up the Militia Pension Act, item No. 10 on the order paper. Then supply in transport (air service), reconstruction, national defence (air), external affairs-and other departments, if there is time for it.