This is to put the Government railways under the railway commission, just the same as any other railways, with the exception of claims against the railway and the expropriation clauses of the Railway Act.
I desire to ask the Government or the Minister of Militia for information regarding the publication of the answer of Colonel Bruce to the so-called Babtie report. I should also like to know whether the Babtie who is at the head of the commission inquiring into Dr. Bruce's report is the same Dr. Babtie who was involved in the notorious scandal in connection with the British Medical Service in Mesopotamia, and who has been practically relegated from the service.
I speak subject to correction, but I think the last time this question was asked in the House the Prime Minister stated that he proposed sending Dr.
Bruce's report to the minister of the overseas forces for consideration, 'before laying it on the Table, and he gave certain reasons for that. I know nothing more about the matter than what was stated by the Prime Minister at the time. With regard to my hon. friend's other question about General Babtie, I have heard nothing about the matter to which he refers.
Sir SAM HUG-HES: Surely the Government would not let a valuable document like that pass out of their hands without keeping a copy. I might say that it would be possible for me to furnish the Government with a copy if they have not got one. I think in the interests of the country the report .should be laid on the Table and printed for distribution.
As this matter comes under the Militia Department, and as there is no Minister of Militia except my hon. friend and the so-called acting minister in England, how is it that my hon. friend comes to this Parliament and says, as Minister of Militia, that he knows nothing whatever about this matter? If he does not know, who does? Why has not Dr. Bruce's report been laid on the Table?
The Prime Minister gave what I presume was a satisfactory answer to the House a short time ago, since then no further information on the subject has come before me. The matter was one which the minister of the overseas forces has to do. He is a colleague of mine, in control of the overseas forces in Great Britain. He is subject to the Prime Minister's direction, and not to that of the Minister of Militia, as my hon. friend seems to think.