Last year I was privileged to sit as a member of the war expenditures committee, subcommittee No. 1. I do not hesitate to say that an industrious time was spent by all members of that subcommittee. Some sixty-nine sittings were held, some forty-seven witnesses heard, and many plants were visited. All the sittings were held in camera, even those dealing with housing for the people of Canada. The members could not even get a copy of the evidence which was taken, the day after it was taken, for their own perusal or to assist them in coming to their conclusions, except that they could go to the clerk of the committee's room, look at the report there, read it there, or return it within a short time. Members were served from the department of government and the corporations that were investigated with prepared briefs, handed to us members of the committee to read, and then picked up, after they told us what was in the brief, before we had a chance to read it. I say also that in most, though not all of the meetings of the subcommittee to which I belonged in 1943, representatives of the Department of Munitions and Supply, and at times, representatives from companies we were investigating sat in at our committee to tell witnesses what they could say and what they could not say; and on one or two occasions we had difficulty in proceeding with our investigation by virtue of the solicitor of one of the companies we were investigating objecting to witnesses answering questions.
Subtopic: MOTION FOR CONCURRENCE IN SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE