We shall oome to the
findings very shortly and then I shall have a statement to make with regard to that.
Part VIII of the' report contains simply three suggestions that reached us. I need not take up the time of the House in referring to them at length.
As regards Part IX of the report, I ask that members turn to pages 34 and 35, as I think that we should get a clear view of what has been done in the way of expenditures in connection with the work of reestablishment. Paragraph 1 says:
The following is a summary taken from the evidence or from statements submitted -by the departments concerned of the expenditures made or to be made in connection with re-establishment work now carried on to the end of the present fiscal year.
First, there is the item of pensions paid on account of the European War. The evidence showed that up to the 31st of March last there had been expended $27,499,463.79, and that from that day down to the end of July of this year there had been expended a further sum of $6,537,034.95. It is estimated that there will he expended during the remainder of this fiscal year 4 p.m. $19,500,000. In other words, our total expenditures for -pensions on account of the European War from the beginning down to the end of the present-fiscal year will -be $53,536,498.74, and it is estimated that hereafter the annual expenditure for pensions will approximate $30,000,000. How long we shall have to make that annual expenditure we cannot say, but likely it will be for a very long tame.
As regards gratuities already provided for, to the end of the last fiscal year there had been paid, in round figures, twenty and one-half millions, and up to the end of August of this year, $83,000,000. It is estimated that a further sum of $50,000,000 will be required to take care of gratuities already provided for, making a total of $153,600,000 in round figures.
Subtopic: MOTION FOR CONCURRENCE IN REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE.