Will the Minister of
Finance be kind enough to inform the committee if it was the practice during the last war to have Sir Sam Hughes, the Minister of Militia, as perpetual acting minister of finance? I wonder how the present Minister of National Defence can find time to be also acting Minister of Finance. This is something I cannot understand, and I would ask the minister to give me some information about it.
Mr. .ILSLEY: The Minister of National Defence was Minister of Finance for a period; and owing to his experience, as well as his outstanding ability and qualifications, it is thought desirable to have him named as Acting Minister of Finance in my absence. I am very grateful indeed to him for acting in my behalf when I am away.