May I ask the hon. Minister of Marine and Fisheries if he has read the despatch which I read to the House yesterday about the capture of a German ship toy the Rainbow? I would like to know if the statement is true.
Three months ago I asked for some information in regard to certain expenditure at Fort Henry and the Royal Military College. Part of that information should come from the Militia Department and the rest from the Department of Public Works. I understand that both departments have prepared their answers', but they have never reached this House. I think I have been fairly patient in regard to the matter, and I would like to have the information.
Yesterday the right hon. Premier laid on the table a return relating to small arms ammunition. In the memorandum apparently prepared toy the minister for submission to Council there is no Order in Council, and I would like to ask the right hon. gentleman whether an Order in Council approving the sale was ever passed.
No Order in Council has ever been passed. The subject came up in the absence of the minister,
and it was delayed until his return. As the papers were asked for in the House, and as certain allegations were made "by the right hon. the leader of the Opposition, the matter stood in that way until the papers were brought down.
I might call attention to the fact that the memorandum which was apparently submitted to council was dated January 5, 1916, two months before the .minister went away, and there was ample time to obtain an Order in Council if one oared to (be Obtained. In ' addition to that, the memorandum speaks of tlhe fact that assurances were given that the ammunition sold to Col. J. Wesley Allison was to be used for testing purposes, and also that assurances bad been given that no commissions were to be paid. There do not appear within the file any letters or any documents that would indicate that any such assurances were given in writing. Will the right hon. gentleman see that the return is completed in those respects?
If there are any other documents that are relative to the matter I will see that they are brought [DOT] down. My impression is that everything has been brought down which touches the matter mentioned in the order.