I do not want to be understood as agreeing to going #into supply to-morrow on the estimates of the Public Works department, because it would mean we could not make any motion at any future time with respect to that department.
Perhaps my hon. friend would bring down other information as well tomorrow, in that way we may save time. For example I think the House will want to know at the very inception of this matter what it is going to cost. Perhaps my hon. friend can tell us now what the cost is, and, what the annual cost to the country will be in owning these premises. Then, perhaps he will tell us what will be the cost per annum in interest and taxes of owning this place.
I am simply giving the House an outline of the proposal now. Later on we will discuss the details. I will have the information available tomorrow as to the annual cost. I think perhaps I have it here, if I could only put my hand upon it. We are paying comparatively large rentals in London which we will save by taking over this building. Then we shall have the Canadian offices there centralized. The government deem it essential that Canada should have a proper building in the English capital, it being the seat of the Empire. The matter has been very carefully canvassed and I am satisfied that the price as suggested is one that is in the interest of Canada.