Mr. Chairman, I inquired of the minister the reason for the dismissal or retirement from the observatory branch of the Department of the Interior, of five employees and on June 22 he informed me that they had been retired so that returned soldiers might be taken into the service. I would like to know why these five permanent employees were retired so that returned soldiers might be taken into the service. I have no objection to returned soldiers being employed, but I would like to know why it was necessary to retire five permanent employees.
Hon. THOMAS G. MURPHY (Minister of the Interior): Mr. Chairman, the Department of the Interior is considered as a unit and when the staff was being reduced in the department it was not divided into water-
tight compartments. Certain regulations or rules for guidance were laid down and those rules were followed out in all departments.