regular retail trade of tlie country, as well as upon the business of manufacturers anti producers;
(b) the labour conditions prevailing in industries supplying the requirements of such department and chain store organizations, and the extent, if any, to which existing conditions have been brought about by the purchasing practices of such organizations, and the effect thereof upon the standard of living amongst those employed in such industries and organizations ;
(c) the relation between the flour milling industry and the bakeries of the country, and the effect of such relations upon the baking industry of Canada;
(d) the methods and system prevailing in the marketing of live stock and animal products for domestic consumption and export, and the extent to which the present system affords or restricts opportunity for fair returns to producers.
"That the committee shall have the power to send for persons, papers, and records and the further power to request the appointment of a commission or commissioners under the Inquiries Act, to secure evidence to be presented to the committee by such commission or commissioners.
"That the committee shall report to the house from time to time its findings, together with recommendations of such measures as in the opinion of the committee may be considered necessary to secure as far as possible fair and just practices in the distribution and marketing systems of Canada, with fair and just returns to producers, employees, and employers, not inconsistent with the rights of consumers." begs to submit the following as a third report.
Pursuant to the resolution of the House of Commons of February 2, 1934, above referred to, your committee has been in session on sixty separate days and has heard and examined under oath various -witnesses, and under the pou'ers conferred upon it, appointed auditors and investigators to examine into matters pertinent to the said order of reference and coming within its purview. Due to the voluminous character of the evidence and the limited time at the committee's disposal it has not been possible for the committee to complete the investigations and inquiry contemplated by the terms of the resolution and to report thereon before prorogation.
Under the rules of parliament the powers of your committee cease on prorogation, and being fully seized of the necessity of completing the subject matter of the said resolution, your committee begs to recommend:
That the inquiry be continued;
That the members of this committee be
appointed commissioners under the provisions of Part I of the Inquiries Act, Chapter 99 of the Revised Statutes of Canada (1927), to continue and complete their investigations and inquiry;
That the commissioners be authorized toengage the services of counsel, secretary,
accountants, technical advisers, reporters, clerks, stenographers and investigators to aid and assist the said commissioners in the inquiry, and to print the evidence, proceedings and documents received by the commission;
That the records, exhibits and evidence
received and taken by the said special committee be made available to the commission;
That the commissioners may hold meetings at such places and at such times as they may consider expedient for the purposes of the inquiry; and
That the commissioners report their findings to the Minister of Trade and Commerce.
A copy of the evidence and proceedings taken is submitted with this report.
H. H. Stevens,