Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to lay on the table copies, in English and in French, of the report of the royal commission on national development in the arts, letters and sciences.
The report was presented by the chairman of the royal commission at twelve o'clock noon today, and placed before the governor in council immediately before the meeting of the house this afternoon. The government has, therefore, not yet had any opportunity to give consideration to the report, and, in fact, none of the members of the government has yet read it.
My colleagues and I have, however, confidence in the members of the commission, and we have no doubt whatever that the report will constitute a valuable guide to our future national development in the fields which it covers, and that the recommendations of the commission will be of the greatest assistance to the government in determining appropriate policies for such federal action as may be desirable in these fields.
In accordance with previous indications I have given to the house, I wished to lose no time in having the report made available to members of parliament and to the public, both because of the widespread interest in its subject matter and because the report itself will obviously call for careful study and discussion, not only by members of the government and of parliament but by the public at large.
In tabling the report I should like, on behalf of the government, to express deep appreciation of the untiring and devoted service given to this task by the chairman and members of the royal commission since it was established two years ago. I am sure that the work of the commission and their report will be a significant milestone in the development of our national heritage.