ber of such orders in actual operation. Each of these orders has been carefully considered with the departments more directly concerned. Appropriate action has been recommended to secure the elimination of all orders which are no longer essential to ensure an orderly transition from war to peace.
In his statement the Prime Minister divided existing orders into several categories, and gave the number of each. These figures represent the situation which obtained at the time they were compiled, as the committee continued its analysis and action was taken on its recommendation. The volume of orders in council appearing in each classification naturally varies. On July 5 the Prime Minister referred to a total of 7,103 orders under emergency powers. Since that time the committee has reviewed twelve more orders in council, while a further seventy-two orders in council have been passed under the National Emergency Transitional Powers Act and tabled in the house, of which twenty-six merely revoke other orders in council, but those have not yet been reviewed and included in the tabulation. Accordingly the total number of orders in council passed pursuant to the emergency powers to August 15 was 7,187. There was one passed on Saturday which was tabled here. It is of course difficult to have these tabulations right up to the minute. Of this number 4,207 have been revoked, have expired or are spent. This means that 102 have ceased to have effect since July 5. Some twenty-six orders are in process of being revoked immediately. Some 616 are to be allowed to expire with the expiry of the National Emergency Transitional Powers Act, 1946. It is considered that one hundred orders can be reenacted under the authority of existing statutes not of an emergency character. To this end departmental officials are at present taking the necessary action.
The outstanding treasury board minutes under the emergency powers authorizing war duty supplements for government employees now number 1,531. These have been considered and placed in three categories: those granted for special duties which have now come to an end, and the war duties supplements will also come to an end. Then there are those in respect to which special duties for which the supplement was originally granted will continue indefinitely. In this case the civil service commission is being asked to examine each individual case and make appropriate recommendations as to what change in classification the civil servant concerned should receive.
Then there are supplements about which some doubt existed as to whether the special
duties involved can be definitely or finally classified as apt to continue indefinitely. Each one of these is receiving separate consideration. All these will be dealt with, and I may say at once with respect to this whole matter that some five or six weeks ago instructions were sent to each department to examine every one of the orders and to have ready for consideration not later than the end of this year bills for- legislation wherever the government might feel it would be proper to recommend legislation to parliament to take the place of the emergency power.
The remaining orders in council are those which the Prime Minister indicated as constituting the real body of the government's existing emergency power. They number 709. Of this number approximately 225 have been in substance placed before the house during the present session in the form of draft legislation relating to such subjects as war crimes, unemployment insurance, reinstatement in civil employment of discharged members of the forces, control of atomic energy, control of explosives, air and navy cadets, control of narcotics, compensation to veteran airmen, and then the large body of orders in council which were dealt with by the veterans affairs committee and which provided for the demobilization and rehabilitation of members of the armed forces. The remaining 484 orders in council are the measures which may continue to be classed as emergency powers at the close of this session. This total includes orders in council which merely amend other orders appearing in the group. The subject matter was outlined in general terms to the house by the Prime Minister in his statement of July 5. As he then indicated, while world conditions remain critical it is not possible to state for what periods of time each of the powers conferred by this group of orders in council may be required. In some cases statutory authority may have to be sought at the next session.
As I have indicated to the house, these orders in council are under constant review and will be dispensed with at the earliest opportunity compatible with the national welfare. I do not know whether the house would wish to have tabled the classifications that have been made. There are quite lengthy lists of the numbers of the orders, their date, and a sort of summary statement of what they deal with. First, there is the list of the twenty-six .of which the repeal is being arranged immediately or is in process of taking place. Then- there is a list of 225 which it is felt can be disposed of en bloc as having been provided for by legislation enacted by parliament at this session. Then there is a list of 100 which
the interdepartmental committee, presided, over by the Solicitor General, are recommending to be reenacted under other powers existing in general statute to the end sought. They are regulations which can be continued under powers that existed prior to the coming into operation of the War Measures Act, and the recomimendation. there is that they be taken out of that category and each placed under the general statute to which it properly appertains. Then there are 268 of another category. That appears to be a large number, but there are very many of them-which are just amendments of other orders and with respect to which there will have to be a recommendation by the government to parliament at the next session to enact legislation. They are the orders relating to the labour code; the wartime prices and trade board; rent control; the control exercised over cereals or other food products with respect to which the government of Canada has entered into contracts with other governments. They exist by virtue of the powers resulting either from the War Measures Act or from the National Emergency Transitional Powers Act, but they will be required beyond the period when the National Emergency Transitional Powers Act will normally expire; and it is with respect to those that, the Prime Minister made the statement, which I understood at the time met with the pretty general approval of the house, that the government would ask to have the term of fifteen days after the opening of the next session extended to sixty days so that they could be dealt with by parliament at the opening of the next session instead of having to be dealt with at this session.
If I have the permission of the house I will table, without asking to have it included in Hansard, two copies of these lists, so that any hon. member who may wish to consult them will have an opportunity of doing so. Without going into the merits of emergency powers or anything of a controversial nature, I will submit without further argument that it would be in the interests of dispatch to have the amendment provided for by this bill, extending from fifteen to sixty days the duration of emergency powers after parliament meets at its next session, passed at this time so that it will not be necessary to have additional legislation to deal with these matters at this session.
There is this other consideration. At this time, if we were not to have this extension, we would have to provide for all possible contingencies and would have to ask parliament. to adopt more legislation than is apt to be required at the time parliament meets again I wish to remind hon. members that
the Prime Minister stated positively that it was the intention of the government at that time, and it still is, to have parliament meet towards the end of January, 1947, for the next session. We are conscious of the fact that hon. members made that quasi-undertaking a condition of the position they took when the Prime Minister announced in July that there would be this request to extend the duration of emergency powers until sixty days after the next session opens. I would therefore hope that at this time it will be the pleasure of the house to adopt this amendment and leave us under the existing impression that we have to do our best to get rid of this wartime legislation just as quickly as it is compatible with orderly reconversion to do so.