Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)
Mr. Chairman, if this resolution is adopted by the house it would be the intention immediately to introduce a bill based upon it, containing only three sections. The first would provide for the appointment of a single deputy minister of defence and not more than three associate deputy ministers. That is designed to give further effect to the policy of the government to coordinate and consolidate the department and services. The second section would continue in peacetime the provisions we had during the war for the settlement of the service estates of service personnel who die in the service or while undergoing treatment under the Department of Veterans Affairs. It only refers to service estates; that is, the pay and allowances and similar sums that may be left to the credit of a service man when he dies. The third section provides for the creation of a defence research board charged with the direction and coordination of all research on defence matters.
Mr. SMITH (Calgary West); The second section would 'be permissive only?
Mr. CLAXTON; It permits the adoption of regulations to deal with service estates. It is a device which was found very convenient during the war.
Subtopic: ASSOCIATE DEPUTY MINISTERS-SERVICE ESTATES- DEFENCE RESEARCH BOARD