Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
I think I should say to the house that it is at the suggestion of His Honour the Speaker that the government is making this provision for a deputy chairman of committees for the purposes mentioned a moment ago by my colleague, the Minister of Veterans Affairs (Mr. Mackenzie). When I spoke to the hon. member for Huron-Perth about accepting the position, it was pointed out to him that we had had a similar post some years ago. That position was filled by an hon. member of this house and an additional remuneration of $1,000 was attached to the position. The hon. member for Huron-Perth told me that he would be very happy to render any service he could to the Commons, but he felt that he did not wish to be remunerated for anything in the way of extra service that this position might involve. I just want to add mjr word of thanks and appreciation to the hon. member for accepting these duties in so patriotic a manner.