Hon. Brooke Claxion (Minister of National Defence):
I should like to supplement an answer 1 gave yesterday to the hon. member for Peel (Mr. Graydon) regarding the issue of passports to Canadian soldiers overseas. I find that the identification certificates which are issued to the soldiers are accepted by the countries concerned when they move in formation or on duty, but so far we have not succeeded in making arrangements for them to accept the identification cards when they are on leave. We are continuing to make efforts to secure that acceptance. They have agreed in principle but have not put it into effect.
The question of the charges for passports is being looked into. The number is quite small as I think only in the neighbourhood of fifty have been issued so far. They are issued by our consular staff in Germany.
Subtopic: IDENTIFICATION FOR SOLDIERS ON LEAVE IN NATO COUNTRIES