Hon. WM. PUGSLEY (Minister of Public Works).
Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to lay on the table a copy of the notice sent to all the officers of the Department of Public Works charged with the purchase of materials and supplies and the certifying of accounts for the same, under the different branches of the chief architect, the chief engineer and the superintendent of telegraphs. One of these notices was sent to the chief engineer's staff on September 16, 1908, one to the chief architect's staff on December 18, and one to the superintendent of telegraphs' stall on December 18. As the notices are all in the same language, I need read only one:
Sir,-I am directed by the hon. the Minister of Public Works to call your attention in a special manner to the question of purchase
of materials and supplies required for the use of the Department of Public Works, and which are obtained either by yourself personally or under your supervision, and to impress upon you the necessity of exercising the greatest care and caution in obtaining same at the very best possible prices, and that the most careful scrutiny should be given to all accounts before certification.
I am also to caution you emphatically regarding the acceptance of any gifts or favours of any kind at the hands of contractors or merchants with whom you may have dealings on behalf of the department and, further, if any such transaction should come to your knowledge, that it is your duty as an official of the department to report same at once to the minister or deputy minister, in order that such investigation may be made and action taken as may be deemed proper.
I have the honour to be, Sir,
Your obedient servant,