so that hon. members may have not only the details relating to the Hyde Park agreement itself, but anything that has flowed out of the agreement since that time.
As a result of the Hyde Park agreement, joint economic committees were formed, composed of interested officials of both countries, the function of which was (1) to achieve more efficient utilization of the combined resources of the two countries in the production of the defence requirements; and (2) to reduce postwar economic dislocation consequent upon the changes which the economy in each country had undergone. The joint economic committees were set up on the Canadian side by orders in council P.C. 4500 of June 20, 1941, and P.C. 7227 of October 4, 1941. While these committees were successful in achieving their first object, little progress was made in regard to the second, and by mutual agreement they were dissolved in 1944, Canadian action being taken by P.C. 2586 of April 11, 1944, following an announcement made to the press on March 14, 1944.
A year later, on May 7, 1945, a note was received from the United States embassy proposing that the general principles of the Hyde Park declaration be continued on a fully reciprocal basis for the remainder of the war and that the same spirit of co-operation between the two countries should characterize their treatment of reconversion and other problems of mutual concern as the transition to peacetime economy progresses.
In our note of May 15, 1945, the Minister of National Defence, who was then the Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs, replied welcoming the assurance of the government of the United States that it would continue to deal with the problems of the transition from war to peace in the spirit of the Hyde Park declaration. Further, it was stated that the government of Canada, on its part, desired to assure the government of the United States that the same spirit of co-operation which was manifested in the Hyde Park declaration would characterize the Canadian government's consideration and treatment of the problems of the period of transition which are of mutual concern.
At the instance of the United States, publication of these notes was withheld at the time, although the substance of the understanding evidenced by the notes was communicated to the press in Ottawa and in Washington on May 21, 1945. From then until last October the notes were treated as confidential; but in response to a request from the United States Department of State permission was granted by Canada in October last that they be released to the United States
Senate small business committee. And I understand that they have since been published in the United States.
I should like to table them. Perhaps it would be convenient to hon. members if they «ere printed as an appendix to Votes and Proceedings so that they may have the exact terms. If that is agreeable to hon. members I would ask that that be done.