Is that so? While the total amount of the printing done has increased, the amount done outside is enormously large, over $400,000. Could the minister give us the figures for the work actually done in the printing bureau during the last three years so that we may see how one compares with the other?
The total increase of printing work outside and inside is about $300,000, and the increase in the amount paid for work done outside is about $100,000. The inside output is larger than it was before, there being an increase of about $250,000 a year.
Yes, it is not because I should do it, but it is because we need them all the year round. During the session, when night work is done, we are obliged to take on a few men temporarily. Of course, when the session is over, they have to go. These are the only exceptions.
The staff is kept at about the same number, because the number taken on temporarily during the session is very small. The work executed by the bureau in 1913-14 amounted to $1,184,185.86, and in 1912-13 to $974,622, so that there was an increase of more than $200,000 for
the last year. In 1913-14 the work done outside amounted to 8412,000, and in 1912-13 to 8300,000. In that case there was an increase of 8112,000.
Yes. They do not come under the Act of 1908. We do not have to go to the Civil Service Commission for certificates. They are recommended by those who know them and by the King's Printer. If they prove to be good, they remain in the Bureau. If they are not able to do the work, they have to leave.
I believe that the Conservatives are more numerous than they were; but even to-day there is a large number of old hands and new hands belonging to the party of my hon. friend the member for Bonaventure (Mr. Marcil).