Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Finance):
On the question which was raised by the hon. member for Lake Centre (Mr. Diefenbaker), I should like to correct a statement which, in the best of faith, I made to the house on a previous occasion. The question arose in a previous debate whether there was some arrangement between the treasury and the Department of Munitions and Supply, or Mr. Bell specifically, about the charging of certain expenses as part of the overhead of companies. I made inquiry at that time from the comptroller of the treasury, who instituted an inquiry himself, and after two conversations with him I was authorized by him to say that no such arrangement had been entered into, or none of which he could get any information.
Morale Building Campaign
Since that time it has turned out that one of the treasury officials did agree that these charges would be a proper charge against the government by the companies and part of their overhead, and that agreement was contained in a letter written by the treasury officer to Mr. Bell.
Mr. DIEFENBAIvER: Well, that letter is not on file either.
Subtopic: MORALE-BUILDING CAMPAIGN-REFERENCE TO RETURN TO ORDER OF THE HOUSE TABLED JULY 7