There being no further matters, I want to thank the witnesses kindly for your appearance.
The committee will consider the request of this meeting and report to the House.
Thank you. You're excused.
Colleagues, there was one other item on the supplementary estimates (C), which had to do with the Senate Ethics Officer, a $50,000 item.
We attempted to have the Senate Ethics Officer appear before us. There is a protocol between the Houses, and certain things have to happen for that person to be able to go to the green chamber, as it were, and that wasn't possible to do. But Mr. Jean Fournier, the Senate Ethics Officer, has sent a brief statement that I could read to you. It reads:
This is Vote 20c. It's for $50,000. The funding is to conduct an inquiry regarding compliance with the Conflict of Interest Code for Senators. The increase is needed to cover the costs of an opinion or inquiry the Senate Ethics Officer was asked to undertake by a senator on October 20, 2009, pursuant to subsection 42(1) of the Conflict of Interest Code for Senators. Inquiries are a rare occurrence and the related costs are not included in the annual estimates of the expenses of the office.
So there was no provision in their budgets for any investigations or inquiry, but there is one, in fact, and the estimated amount was some $50,000.
That is all the information I have, but I understand that is the amount included, I guess globally, in vote 45c and vote 20c.
Those are the two items.
Do we have further questions on those two items?