July 4, 1946


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REPEAL OF PROVISIONS NOW SUPERSEDED BY CONSOLIDATED REVENUE AND AUDIT ACT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.


PC

John Ritchie MacNicol

Progressive Conservative

Mr. MacNICOL:

Will the minister explain the purpose of this bill?

Topic:   HOUSE OF COMMONS ACT
Subtopic:   REPEAL OF PROVISIONS NOW SUPERSEDED BY CONSOLIDATED REVENUE AND AUDIT ACT
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

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.

United Nations

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Subtopic:   REPEAL OF PROVISIONS NOW SUPERSEDED BY CONSOLIDATED REVENUE AND AUDIT ACT
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Section agreed to. Bill reported, read the third time and passed. EXPORT CREDITS INSURANCE ACT


ENLARGEMENT OF PURPOSES FOR WHICH CREDITS MAY BE USED


Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved the second reading of bill No. 126, to amend the Export Credits Insurance Act.


CCF

Angus MacInnis

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. MacINNIS:

As I remember, the minister did not speak on the resolution stage of this bill and I was wondering if he had a statement to make to the house on the second reading.

Topic:   ENLARGEMENT OF PURPOSES FOR WHICH CREDITS MAY BE USED
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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON:

I have a statement to make, but I could not possibly make it in the few minutes that are left and I suggest that we call it eleven o'clock.

Topic:   ENLARGEMENT OF PURPOSES FOR WHICH CREDITS MAY BE USED
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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FRASER :

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
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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON:

I shall be glad to do that.

On motion of Mr. MacKinnon the debate was adjourned.

Topic:   ENLARGEMENT OF PURPOSES FOR WHICH CREDITS MAY BE USED
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At eleven o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order. Friday, July 5, 1946


July 4, 1946