On the orders of the day; .
Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition) ; Mr. Speaker, it is reported to me that Sir Lyman Duff, the commissioner appointed under order in council to conduct the Hong Kong inquiry, has announced that owing to the nature of a substantial portion of the
evidence which will be adduced before the Hong Kong commission, he is satisfied that it would be inadvisable to hold an inquiry in public, and he has decided accordingly. May I ask the Prime Minister if this report is correct? May I add that certainly there are some portions of the evidence to be adduced which would be, in my judgment, of a confidential nature; but there is a large body of evidence which will be produced before the commissioner which, in my view, should be made in public, in the public interest, and especially that part relating to the sending of untrained men overseas, and the action of the department and the government in the premises.