Before the orders of the day are called, I wish to give an answer to a question put to me yesterday by the hon. member for Argenteuil (Mr. Perley). He nought to the attention of the House a telegram published in the Montreal ' Gazette ' of December 1, under this heading: ' Discontent in our Navy-Jack Tars want more pay and quarters for their families,' and the hon. member read the article. The oilowing statement in answer thereto has been placed in my hands by the officers of the department:
With reference to the attached clipping from the Montreal ' Gazette ' of December 1, no information has been received in the Naval Service Department, as to there being any complaints or discontent amongst the members of the crew of H.M.C.S. ' Niobe.'
Every member of the crew, when enlisted, had to sign an engagement form, and the conditions under which they entered were clearly explained to each man.
Notices as to rates of pay, &c., were also posted outside the recruiting office door and any information required was given.
Subtopic: WAGES OF SEAMEN ON THE ' NIOBE.'