Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Secretary of State):
Mr. Speaker, with your permission I should like to table a copy, in each of the official languages, of the order in council passed yesterday amending the war claims regulations. Perhaps I might be permitted to say, by way of explanation, that it does two things. It changes priority for payment of claims so that small property claims under $2,500 can be paid as soon as they have been properly processed. Nearly all the personal claims, except those that are difficult to adjudicate, have already been paid, and the government is now satisfied there will be funds available to pay the small property claims, without jeopardizing any of the personal claims.
There is another section which extends the time for making a claim to September 30 of this year. I found on checking the other day that there were 15 or so of these claims that had come in too late. Some of them had come early in January, although the deadline was December 31. It seemed to be rather unfair, when some of these claims were for small amounts, and were really compassionate cases, that they should not have their claims adjudicated. I do not expect there will be any further extension. It is intended that this will be the final date for receiving these claims.
Subtopic: ORDER IN COUNCIL AMENDING REGULATIONS