I do not think the minister can undertake to get it into Hansard to-day, because there are no officials at work. I do not absolve them on that account. It is utterly indefensible that we should have had to bring this up to-day at all. But if the House sits to-morrow, even for the purpose of prorogation, then it goes into the record. That is the undertaking of the government. If the House does not sit to-morrow, all that can be done is to have the information given to me and to the hon. member. As to the other orders, there are any amount not complied with. There are at least a dozen?
will be success to this conference, but I w'ould like to have a statement as to just what is the object of the ipresent delegation. What variations do they hope to secure? I do not mean to say in detail, but speaking generally. What modifications of the agreement of 1920 are they desirous of securing? The minister will know doubtless from the correspondence. What is the complaint? Is it in respect of tariff, or is it in respect of transportation, and if either or both, what is wrong as to tariff, and what is wrong as to transportation?
It is in connection with transportation and the existing trade agreement. The transportation question has been a very live one for some years, in fact, ever since the last agreement was entered into in 1920, the matter has been under discussion. Up to the present, nothing definite has been concluded. The conference met for its first business meeting to-day, but nothing has been discussed in detail so far. We hope that the trade agreement entered into so profitably in 1920 may be enlarged and the transportation problem worked out. That would help very much in our trade with the West Indies.
I presume the government has gone far enough into the matter to realize now that they certainly cannot get on without the merchant marine if they are to continue relations with the West Indies. The silence is eloquent.