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Tuesday, 8 November 1938

Minister without portfolio assisting the Prime Minister and administering External Territories - Honorable J. A. Perkins.

Minister without portfolio assisting the Minister for Commerce - Honorable V. C. Thompson.

Minister without portfolio assisting the Treasure) - Senator the Honorable Allan N. MacDonald.

Mr. Perkinswill assist the Prime Minister by receiving deputations and undertaking other work associated with the Prime Minister's Department. He will also administer external territories on behalf of the Prime Minister.

Mr. Thompsonwill assist the Minister for Commerce and will deal with organizations controlling primary produce, and matters which entail Government assistance to industries.

Senator AllanMacDonald will be attached to the Treasurer, and will administer the acts relating to invalid and old-age pensions, maternity allowances, pensions and retiring allowances, superannuation and employees' compensation.

It is proposed that a new department shall be created, entitled the Department of Civil Aviation, Defence and Other Works. This will necessitate an amendment of the Ministers of State Act, 1935, to provide that the maximum number of Ministers of State shall be increased to eleven. The Government proposes to ask Parliament to authorize this amendment of the act and, on the passing of the bill, to recommend to His Excellency the Governor-General that the new department shall be created. Until the act is amended in the direction indicated, and the new department is created, Mr. Thorby will administer the functions which it is proposed shall be allotted to the new department. When the new department is created, Mr. Thorby will be appointed as its Minister.

The Postmaster-General (Mr. Archie Cameron) will represent the Minister for Repatriation and Health in this House.

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