Sir ROBERT BORDEN:
This Bill authorizes the Governor in Council to change any department or any branch of a department from the direction of one minister to the direction of another. It has become evident that some re-arrangement of certain departments is necessary. It is a short Bill; I will read it for the information of the House:
1.-(1) The Governor in Council shall have power,-
(a) to transfer any powers, duties or functions or the control or supervision of any part of the public service from orle minister of the Crown to any other minister of the Crown, or from one department or portion of the public service to any other department or portion of the public service; or
(b) to amalgamate and combine any two or more departments under one minister of the Crown and under one Deputy Minister.
(2) All orders made by the Governor in Council under the provisions of this Act shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament within fifteen days after they are made if Parliament is then sitting, and if not, then within fifteen days from the commencement of the next ensuing session of Parliament.
Subtopic: RE-ARRANGEMENTS AND TRANSFERS OF DUTIES IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE.