Hon. CH'AS. HYMAN (Acting Minister of Public Works). Before the Orders of the Day are called-I see that the hon. member for North Toronto (Mr. Foster) questioned the Postmaster General yesterday in regard to the pneumatic tube service in Toronto. He said :
I see by the newspapers that the contract for the tubing has been awarded to Messrs. Alexander MacLaren & Co., of Glasgow. But besides the tubing there is the work of digging the trench and laying the pipe. Would the Postmaster General-no doubt he has the information at hand-say whether tenders were called for in both these instances or not ?
The hon. gentleman is quite right-tenders were called for, and have been accepted for the tubing itself. No tenders have been called for the excavation work, but that subject is under consideration of the department. Tenders have been called for installing the system, and a contract will be entered into. The delay is due to the fact that there has been a change, I understand, in the plans of the railways centring in Toronto in reference to their passenger station. Until that matter is settled, the department are unable to bave the site definitely settled. This difficulty has delayed the work longer than was thought possible in the first place. I understand that now 'a settlement has been arrived at. I have asked for the plans, of the area the railways desire to take up, and Immediately they are sent to me the other matter will be gone on with.
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