Hon. Donald M. Fleming (Minister of Finance):
Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, I find that one of the committees of the house, the standing committee on veterans affairs, in submitting its report to the house on July 1 ascribed to me a statement which is not in accord with the information which I communicated to the committee in question. The report of the committee, which is to be found on page 639 of Votes and Proceedings of that day, in paragraph 14 refers to information which is ascribed to me on the present state of the war claims fund, and states that I had told the committee that the sum of $6 million remains in the fund.
That is not a correct statement at all, Mr. Speaker, of the information I communicated to the committee. The information was contained in a letter dated April 10, 1959, which I wrote to the chairman of the committee and which I believe became part of the records of the committee. There I indicated that the combined cash and market value of the bonds held to the credit of the fund at that date was about $4.6 million. I may say further, Mr. Speaker, that since that time there have been, of course, substantial disbursements out of the fund and the balance today is approximately $4 million.
Subtopic: MR. FLEMING, EGLINTON CORRECTION OF STATEMENT IN REPORT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE