I ask the Chairman if he would be kind enough to take communication of item 605 which is now being debated. It reads:
605. To provide for additional expenditures against the authorized commitment program in connection with the orderly establishment and organization of the defence forces of the navy, army and air services on a peacetime basis and to authorize further commitments for future years of $11,708,000-further amount required, $19,622,583.
My submission is that the committee is not proceeding with this item on the orderly basis which is called for by the item, and that it behooves the minister to give the information which is asked for and not to seek shelter behind these statements, that it is not in the public interest.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE