The house is travelling a little behind schedule tonight, and I appreciate that the government may wish to have the bill disposed of in the few remaining minutes, if possible.
In the first place, I draw attention to the fact that this bill is an inevitable kind of bill, because the position of charities must revert at some time or another to the situation which existed prior to the war. The purpose of the bill is, therefore, such that it deserves the support of the house in so far as it seeks to close the class of charities to which the War Charities Act applies and which must submit to registration in accordance with the act before they are entitled to seek moneys by way of subscription.
The explanatory note I suggest, Mr. Speaker, overstates the effect of the bill. The bill provides that the application of the act shall be confined to war charities established prior to the coming into force of the act. Of course there is a difference between establishing the fund and submitting it to registration, and the explanatory note says that the effect of the amendment is, therefore, to confine the provision of the act to funds already registered for the purpose of complete administration of such funds and to free from the provisions of the act any new funds which would otherwise 83166-249J
require to be registered. As the bill stands, of course it cannot have that effect because the effect of the bill as it now reads is to limit the effect of the act to charities established, whether registered or not, prior to the coming into force of the act. If the intention is as stated in the explanatory note, then I suggest that the bill will have to be amended when the house goes into committee. It may be that there are some new charities which are within the scope of the act but are not yet registered, since the 1945 amendment extended the scope of the War Charities Act to include funds to be used for the purpose of providing war memorials. Perhaps the minister can deal with that when he speaks.
There is one other matter-