Section agreed to. .
Bill reported, read the third time and passed.
HOUSE OF COMMONS ACT
REPEAL OF PROVISIONS NOW SUPERSEDED BY CONSOLIDATED REVENUE AND AUDIT ACT
Hon. PAUL MARTIN (Secretary of State) moved the second reading of bill No. 125, to amend the House of Commons Act.
Motion agreed to, bill read the second time, and the house went into committee thereon, Mr. Macdonald (Brantford City) in the chair.
On section 1-Repeal.
It is to remove from the operative sections of existing statutes certain obsolete clauses. Prior to 1931 there was no provision in the Consolidated Revenue and Audit Act for issuing moneys out of the consolidated revenue fund for the administrative expenditures of the House of Commons. Letters of credit signed by the Speaker and two commissioners of internal economy of the house were periodically sent to the treasury for amounts required during a certain period, usually three months. The letter of credit was issued in favour of the accountant of the house who had been duly authorized to receive it by the Speaker.
In the revision of the Audit Act, during the session of 1931, the words "public moneys" were defined so as to include all revenue from any source whatsoever, and section 3 declares that all public moneys shall form the consolidated revenue fund of Canada. Section 27 of the revised act provides that all issue of public moneys out of the consolidated revenue fund shall be made under the direction of the comptroller by cheque. The procedure is laid out in regulations and other sections of the act. These cover the issue of moneys required for the House of Commons; and therefore sections 19 and 20 of the House of Commons Act, which it is intended to repeal under this bill, have not been used since 1931, are obsolete and useless and should be deleted from our statutes.
Topic: HOUSE OF COMMONS ACT
Subtopic: REPEAL OF PROVISIONS NOW SUPERSEDED BY CONSOLIDATED REVENUE AND AUDIT ACT
When the minister is making his statement will he indicate what the manufacturers' association and the chambers of commerce agreed to at their last meeting, at which departmental officers were present?
Topic: ENLARGEMENT OF PURPOSES FOR WHICH CREDITS MAY BE USED