I saw a statement some time ago that certain portions of territory in the western part of Nova Scotia, for example the site of the original settlement of the-Acadians at Grand Pre, were to be taken over as a national park. Is that matter in contemplation by the Government?
I think that that item had better be allowed to stand. I apologize for not having information today. The Minister of Agriculture has just come in, and we will be glad to take up his estimates, and when we reach this item again I shall be able to explain it more fully.
I think that it would be a good idea if the ministers would cut that item in two, and only print about one-tenth the number of books at present printed. They are scattered round broadcast, and I do not suppose that one person in a hundred who receives these books ever opens them. I have been getting them for about thirty years, and they are no good to me. Anybody who wants to get the information contained in the patent record can. get it on going to the Patent branch of the Department of Agriculutre. To my mind, it is one of the most useless bit's of expenditure undertaken by the Government.
There may be something in what my hon. friend says. That idea has been advanced a good many times in the last twenty years or so, and on the other side there have been a good many arguments advanced why it should be printed, and why the circulation should be as large as it is. These books are sent, free of charge, to the members of the Senate and the House of Commons and the libraries. Sixty-six different libraries in England get them, ninety-four libraries in Canada, fifty-four in the United States. There is an exchange list of seventy-nine and a Government free list of thirty-one, and the British colonies and foreign colonies, fifty-seven, free, making altogether 381.
It seems to me that they are printed unreasonably often. Why could they not be printed quarterly or semiannually? It is not necessary, even for anybody who is interested in patent matters, that a list such as this should be printed every month. Twelve hundred copies a month, costing $30,000, means that we pay over $2 for each one of these books. I have been getting these books for thirteen years, and I have never had five cents of value out of them, because this is not in my line; I do not understand it; I am not interested. A great many members must be in the same position as I am. Sending it to libraries may be all right, but you might
cut the issue away down and it might he issued less frequently than monthly.