Mr. J. T. THORSON (Selkirk) presented the first report of the special committee on war expenditures, as follows:
Your committee recommends:
1. That it be empowered to appoint subcommittees and to refer to such subcommittees as it may appoint from time to time any of the matters referred to the committee, and that any subcommittee so appointed have power to send for persons, papers and records, and to examine witnesses; to sit while the house is sitting; and to report from time to time to the committee.
2. That it be given permission to sit wdiile the house is sitting.
3. That eight members of the committee constitute a quorum and that standing order 65 (3) be suspended in relation thereto.
4. That the committee have power to fix the quorum of the subcommittees it may deem expedient to appoint from time to time.
5. That the committee he empowered to print, as it may determine from time to time, five hundred copies in English and two hundred copies in French of its minutes of proceedings and evidence and that standing order 64 he suspended in relation thereto.
Your committee, realizing the desirability of securing the utmost cooperation from all members of the house, has authorized its chairman to address a letter to each member of the house requesting suggestions as to any subject matter that might usefully be inquired into by the committee.