Hon. BROOKE CLAXTON (Minister of National Defence):
Mr. Speaker, yesterday the hon. member for Comox-Alberni (Mr. Gibson) asked me.what steps are being taken to search out mines that are reported floating near the west coast of Vancouver island. I should tell him that these mines are loose, and cannot be dealt with by minesweeping. Navy tugs and other small vessels are used for locating and destroying the mines. During the past two years sixteen mines have been found and destroyed. As the hon. member will see, the number is not large.
Subtopic: MENACE TO NAVIGATION NEAR WEST COAST OF VANCOUVER ISLAND