I know the hon. member has criticized this method of acquiring armouries, and as some were acquired between 1930 and 1935 on this basis perhaps a statement from me is not out of place. The hon. member seems to think that this method is unsound. Let me point out to him that ordinary public works of the dominion are not paid for over a period of years. All buildings constructed in the ordinary course of events are paid for out of revenue. If in one year we undertook to pay the whole cost of an armoury we would be obligating ourselves to the payment of a large amount of money out of any one year's revenue. In the cities, or other places where there are regiments, there are associations of officers and others, public spirited gentlemen, who desire these accommodations. They feel that to ask a government in any one year to expend the amount necessary to construct a building constitutes a heavy demand. Therefore they have devised a scheme by which over a period of years a building will be acquired or constructed and paid for on the instalment plan. In entering into the transaction the department have an agreement with the association and have supervision over construction. It must be constructed according to plans approved by the department, and under public tender. There is no opportunity, such as the hon. member suggests, for an association t'o run at large or to construct a building at any cost and entirely without supervision of the department, afterwards calling upon the department to pay the cost. The plan is not as unsound as apparently the hon. member 'believes it to be. I know some purchases have been made on a very favourable basis. The reason for the plan, as I have indicated, is that if constructed in one year and paid out of revenue the cost would be a heavy burden indeed.
Subtopic: PROCEDURE IN APPOINTMENT OP COMMITTEES OF SUPPLY AND WAYS AND MEANS