Mr. SAM. HUGHES.
I desire to call the attention of the House to the fact that on a recent occasion the First Minister, who is nearly as important in the House as the acting Minister of Fublie Works, took occa-. sion, in answer to a question asked him by one of his supporters, to give a deliberate answer taking about twenty minutes to read. He answered the question with great detail, but when a member of this side asks a question that requires a particular answer he is asked to make a motion for a return. There is not a question here to which, if the minister had his work properly prepared when he brought his estimates before the House he would not have the answer at his finger ends in five minutes. He says he cannot get the information as to the horse-power of these dredges. He has a colleague who poses as a very efficient Minister of Marine and in his department there should be a record of every matter of this kind. I must protest against