Sir ROBERT BORDEN:
may I make a statement to the House on behalf of the Under- Secretary of State fbr External Affairs in connection with some criticism of the report of the department which appeared in the press? The statement is as follows:
The passport requirements of foreign countries is an appendix to the report, and is an exact transcription of a similar statement in the Foreign Office list for 1915. It does not relate to any regulation of ours. It is, as il purports to be, a record of what foreign countries normally require in the matter of passports.
It is only in a technical sense here for the Information of, the public, as the report is nearly a year old when published, and we provide all people seeking passports with up-to-date information concerning them. It might perhaps have been well to have inserted a note to this table saying that passports were not issued to enemy countries during the war, but the.fact being so obvious, and the Foreign Office not considering such a precaution necessary, led the clerk who made up these appendices to take the same view.