Then my hon. friend says the same thing. I immediately had my officials get in telephonic communication with the Pacific coast, and they gave me a list of the equipment. I am thinking particularly of tommy guns. There was a large number of those, and any other articles of equipment which were being issued at that time. I should think it would have reached them. It must be a week ago my hon. friend sent that letter.
And I got in touch immediately after that. I have sent for the list so that I might give any of my hon. friends an exact statement with regard to it. Of course I am never satisfied with anything in connection with equipment until they are fully equipped. But I am satisfied everything is being done-and that is not simply "language," -that all possible is being done to provide such equipment as is available, and that there is more equipment available than I expected at this early stage.
I was out at Connaught ranges and I found that all the flush toilets and showers were closed up, and that wooden latrines were being used. I have had many complaints from that camp in regard to flies arising from that cause. A great many men out there have had dysentery. Will the minister see to it that the showers and flush toilets are opened up for next year? We will not have time this year, I imagine.
I have a report from the inspector-general regarding that same matter. The matter was taken up with the quartermaster-general and we sent a man out there. One was the district engineer of military district No. 3. I am satisfied that the condition will be corrected for the future. I am also satisfied that an improvement was made as a result of the inspector-general's report.
I have in my hand now the list about which inquiries were made. I do not know whether the committee will consider it sufficient to have this information communicated to the hon. members for Rosetown-Biggar and Vancouver South. It shows the exact number of Winchester carbines, the number of rifles, Stens, the rounds of ammunition SAA 9 millimetre and -303 ammunition. I would prefer, however, not to put all this information on record.
The decoration of the pages has been completed, and the sheets are being checked and examined now for any imperfections. It is expected that they will be handed to the binders about August 1. The employment of assistants to the artists has already been terminated, and the services of Mr. Beddoe, who was actively engaged in connection with the work, will cease on August 31. I should think the answer would be that it goes to the binder in August, and as soon as the binder has completed his operations, the work will be finished.