In answer to the member for Trinity the minister said that statements of policy about the services had been made in press releases. At page 5018 of Hansard, when the naval estimates were under consideration, in answer to the hon. member for Yale, who had asked for a general statement on service estimates, the minister said:
I made a fairly complete statement last session as to the naval position, and subsequently in a number of public addresses, press releases and the like I have indicated the general character and size of the post-war navy, and my plan had been to proceed with these estimates in the ordinary way.
In my view statements of policy as it develops, if it is not secret, should be made to this house by the minister.