I think the minister's idea of waiting for the report of the Speaker of the House is a very good one. I have not the slightest intention of interfering with the official stenographers during recess; they work here, I understand, by the day during the session. Under this clause as it stands, the permanent officers of the Senate and of the Commons and of the Library of Parliament, drawing from $2,000 to $5,000 a year in salaries, can, this year, for a ten months' interval, go out and compete with others who have not a big Government salary at their back. I do not know that they do that; I have never heard of their doing that; and I do not think it is likely. At the same time, it is quite possible for them to do so under this clause, and I think iit should be amended in that respect. It is .all right now, -when labour is scarce, and when several departments are looking for workers all the time, for these officials to do extra work. But, ordinarily, it is not fair to the outside public to have an official drawing a big salary from the Government go out and compete with ordinary labour during one-half of the year.
Subtopic: AND TO BRING THE OUTSIDE SERVICE UNDER ITS PROVISIONS.