Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) :
I desire to lay on the Table a return to an Order of the House dated 3rd April, 1922, for a copy of all correspondence passed during the year 1921 between the Prime Minister of Canada and the Prime Minister of Ontario relating to the activities of Hon. Manning Doherty in England on the subject of the cattle embargo. My right hon. friend yesterday made special mention of this report. I think it is perhaps due to him that I should give the explanation as to .why the return was not brought down immediately. I will therefore read a memorandum which has been handed to me by the Under Secretary of State for External Affairs:
I send herewith the return ordered by the House of Commons on the motion of Mr. White for correspondence relating to the activities of the Hon. Manning Doherty in England. There is no correspondence on this subject in this
department other than that contained in certain papers which the private secretary of the late Prime Minister left here about the time of the change of Government. I was not sure whether these papers were sent here for safekeeping, or to be accounted official and placed on the files of the department. I wrote two letters to the late Prime Minister's secretary asking this question, to neither of which I hav6 received any answer beyond a verbal message, whereas I asked for a written reply. Inasmuch, however, as Mr. Meighen is now pressing for these papers I assume there is no objection, in so far as he is concerned, to bringing them down. The papers have been ready since the 13 th April.