connection with the working out of the Superannuation Act of 1924 my attention has been called to the position in which two deserving classes now find themselves, as I believe they are not legally entitled to receive anything under the wording of that act. I refer to the widows and minor children of former civil servants who died before the act of 1924 came into force, and also the wives and minor children of former civil servants still living who were superannuated before that date. Is the government taking steps to give these cases consideration?
This matter has ibeen under consideration for some time. The Superintendent of Insurance was instructed to make, and I believe he is making, a census of employees to come under the act, but I do not think he has quite completed it yet. He has not all the information from the various departments and recently matters have been somewhat complicated by the receipt of requests from civil servants who were employed in the maintenance of public buildings and others who had been retired under the Calder Act. The whole subject will be given careful study before a conclusion is reached.
matter, may I ask whether it is the intention of the government to extend the time for civil servants to elect to come under the act? I understand that on the eve of the last election the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King), in a speech delivered1 in Ottawa, made a promise to this effect.
With reference to the answer given by the Minister of Finance (Mr. Robb) to the hon. member for Argenteuil (Sir George Perley), I should like to know whether the Superintendent of Insurance has instructions to consider cases of employees in the Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment. The employees of the Soldier Settlement Board are at present classed as temporary, and have been for the last nine years, and they are not entitled to consideration under the Superannuation Act.