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Friday, 29 October 1920


Mr FLEMING (Robertson) . - There is only one point to which I desire to refer. It seems to me that this is an inquiry which should naturally fall within the province of the Public Accounts Committee, and, that being so, I fail to understand why the Public Works Committee should be asked to undertake it.


Mr Hughes - They are not now going to inquire into the matter at all.


Mr FLEMING - Why is it necessary to appoint a Special Committee when this House has already appointed one which should properly deal with the question?


Mr Hughes - I saw the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (Mr. Fowler), who told me that it was busily engaged on another urgent matter. That is why it is not to go to that Committee.


Mr FLEMING - But the inquiry on which the Public Accounts Committee is now busily engaged is not to continue indefinitely. Why, then, should we create Committee on Committee?


Mr Hughes - This is an urgent matter.


Mr FLEMING - If this is an urgent matter, demanding immediate inquiry, I shall not protest against the proposal ; but in bringing.it before the House, the Prime Minister, did not make it evident that the, question was so urgent that the Public Accounts Committee could not take it in hand.







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