I heartily welcome the suggestion of my hon. friend, who has had some experience in the matter, that I should ask for a larger amount of money for my department. I am sure that is in agreement with the view already expressed by most of the members of this house, that the Department of Public Works is not spending enough money.
The reason why the estimates are presented in this form is that we wanted to show in the main estimates what was absolutely necessary for the proper carrying on of the business of the government. That is why we have included only the items which appear in the main estimates. Another reason is that at this early hour of the session we are not in a position, as my hon. friend knows, to determine what expenditures will be required. In connection with works already begun we have not the reports of the engineers and are unable to determine, when the main estimates are brought down, what amounts of money may be required to complete those works. The reports of the engineers and architects are not all in so early in the year. That is one reason why we do not find in the main estimates what may be necessary to complete the works which have been undertaken during the year.