Hon. C. H. CAHAN (Secretary of State):
On the 14th instant the hon. member for Megantic (Mr. Roberge) inquired whether certain paintings had been purchased by the National Gallery of Canada, and the answer given by my colleague, the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Stewart), was in the negative.
This inquiry having been brought to my notice, I wish to inform the house that privy council order 1540, dated July 6, 1932,
authorized the purchase by the public archives of Canada of two historical portraits of very special interest; the portrait of Lord Durham, painted by Thomas Lawrence, and the portrait of General James Wolfe, painted by Highmore.
I desire, for the information of the house, to lay on the table a copy of the order in council authorizing this purchase and a memorandum by Doctor Doughty, the dominion archivist, with respect to the same.