Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to table two copies of the first volume of the consolidation of statutory orders and regulations, which I mentioned in presenting the bill concerning future orders and regulations. I am doing so at this time so that hon. members who are interested may have an opportunity of seeing in what form these are to be prepared. I understand that there will be four volumes of these statutory orders and regulations. A fifth volume will contain as complete an alphabetical index and analytical table as we may find it possible to prepare.
Hon. members will see that these are lettered "A" to "D". The procedure that is being followed is to indicate the statutory orders an'd regulations under the statute which authorized the making of them. Whenever a statute authorizes the making, by order in council or by any other authority, of regulations having legislative effect, whether or not the power has been exercised, the statute is referred to and explanatory notes given. I believe hon. members will find that it is a serious attempt to make all these orders and regulations as readily accessible as possible to the courts, the bar, and the public generally.
I may add that as soon as the volumes are complete they will be distributed to all those who are on the list for the distribution of the annual statutes.
Subtopic: TABLING OF CONSOLIDATION, 1949, VOLUME I, A TO D