There may be some small amount in the item for that purpose, but the manufacture of ammunition and bombs has been kept up to date, and experimental work has been carried on with large scale manufacture of the ammunition itself.
The United States army the other day got what they call Little Jim, a gun with a 22-foot barrel, and they will have no opportunity of using it. I was wondering if the Canadian army was going to carry on experiments of that sort.
in the press regarding the attitude of the United States with reference to having uniformity amongst the American republics in the matter of the production of arms, et cetera for the future, and in view of the fact that a senior officer of the war office in London, who is charged with responsibility for the policy in connection with arms in the British army, paid a visit to Ottawa last week, could the minister tell us the results of any conferences between this British officer and the minister or officials of his department, and indicate the policy which the Canadian army intends to follow with reference to the development of arms, either in respect of British or of United States patents? .
I am afraid I am not in a position at the moment to make any statement as to the policy. We are maintaining the closest contact with both the British and the
Americans. All members of the committee will agree, I think, that it is desirable that equipment of this kind should be standardized as much as possible. The method of achieving that desired end is one which has to be worked out. I am not in a position to make any statement as to . the results which will be achieved, except to express the fervent hope, which I know is shared by a good many others, that a satisfactory solution will be found.
Yes. As I said in my preliminary statement, it is our intention to see that the reserve army units have the latest and most up-to-date equipment in ample quantities. We have the quantities to give them now. Perhaps ten or fifteen years from now new weapons will be brought down, but the army to-day is well supplied with the latest and most up-to-date equipment, and that will be made available to the units of the reserve army.
The items here are only for our own forces. As my hon. friend knows, we manufactured fairly substantial quantities of guns and small arms for other nations under mutual aid. But that is not included in these estimates.
government to use the excellent camp and hospital which have been established at Prince George for training purposes in the future? Has any consideration been given to that, or does the minister intend to give any?
made of the large number of guns, machine guns, and so forth, which were in the hands of the Canadian army overseas at the end of the war? Is it proposed to bring them back to Canada, or are they to be scrapped over there? The same question really applies to the next item; what is being done with the armoured fighting vehicles, tanks and armoured cars, which are of no use for civilian purposes?