May 28, 1940 (19th Parliament, 1st Session)

NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):

If I may be pardoned, I should .ike to say a word with respect to the subject natter to which the right hon. gentleman aas just alluded, namely, consideration of she question of setting up a secret committee or committees to deal with the appropriation bill. We have given a very great deal of consideration to the matter and we still have an open mind on it. I take it from the Prime Minister's remarks now that the government have come to the conclusion that no useful purpose will be served by referring the bill to such committees and that the matter will be dropped. Our view was that the Prime Minister's first proposal seemed to be just a bit inconsistent, and until the position was clarified we did not care to enter into an undertaking of that kind. Members rather took the view that they did not like to be tongue-tied or hamstrung and they would rather not serve if they could not use the information. At the moment I rather concur
in the view expressed by the Prime Minister, that perhaps the matter should not be brought up again. I should like to make our position clear. We have not actually refused to act on any such committee, but we wanted tc have certain points clarified before we agreed to do so. I do not question the Prime Minister's decision at all at the moment.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF KEFERENCE OF WAR APPROPRIATION BILL TO COMMITTEE-FURNISHING INFORMATION TO MEMBERS
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