The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS (Hon. James Sutherland) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 193) to amend the Public Works Act. He said : Under the Public Works Act it is provided that the department shall invite tenders for all work to be done. But for the last twenty years, under an Order in Council and on the discretion of the minister, the department could do work up to the amount of $5,000 without inviting tenders. That Order in Council, I understand, has been declared ultra vires by an opinion of the Department of Justice. It is my intention to ask that the Act be amended so as to provide that the department can expend sums up to the amount of $5,000 without inviting tenders ; in other words, making legal by legislation what has been the custom for a great many years in the department.