The largest amount of the operating expense item is used to provide advances for treatment of imperial pensioners and allied country pensioners who are in Canada, we being the agent of the governments concerned. A large amount of this money that is provided is being reimbursed to the department. The other portion is used generally for:
Telephone, telegrams, postage and car fare.
Transportation and travelling of staff.
Stationery and office supplies.
Insurance and storage.
Light, heat, power and water rates.
Maintenance and repairs to furniture and equipment.
Freight and express.
Royal Commission on Pensions and Re-Establishment.
Other general expenses.
Financing treatment and medical examination of imperial and foreign former soldiers; also miscellaneous expense of Imperial pension office.
All of this is refunded, but it is refunded month by month, and we are generally a large amount behind. We have to provide the money. The main sum in this connection is spent on behalf of Imperial government.
Item 286 agreed to.