Well, I have the facts from people who are thoroughly reliable and they say there was always someone in the house and that no card was ever left there. They even took up the carpet and moved the bookcase to see whether the card may somehow have slipped under them but they were unable to find any card. I think this is a situation which indicates that the system might be reviewed, because after a survey of the facts in this case it seems rather strange that the letter should have lain there without being delivered. It might even lie there for a year. Would you allow that to happen, or what would you do in a case like this?
After two deliveries without success we leave a card requesting the people to call for the letter. That is exactly what was done in this case. We have the names of all the employees who tried to deliver the letter. I do not say the system we have is perfect but we are trying to improve not only this part but other parts of the service. As far as the regulations are concerned I believe, and I think the hon. member will agree, that we have followed the regulations and attempted a delivery on two occasions without success. We then left the card. As it may be of some interest to my hon. friend, I might inform him that according to regulations special deliveries are made from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day including Sunday.
Mr. Chairman, on this item I wonder if the minister would make a brief statement for the information of the public on a matter about which there is some confusion, namely just when and where letters can be carried by air with an ordinary five-cent stamp, and when anyone wanting special air delivery has to affix a special stamp.
Mr. Chairman, I notice in the details of this item at page 419 there is an item for the renting of accounting machines amounting to $42,000 and another for the printing of money order forms amounting to $147,000. Are those accounting machines rented from private firms or from any other government department, and is the printing done by the government printing office in regard to these money order forms?