Hon. Barney Danson (Minister of National Defence):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. In answer to a question put by the hon. member for Pembina (Mr. Elzinga) the last time I was in the House, on February 21,1 gave an answer which was technically accurate but which might not have been precise. It related to free mailing privileges for the armed forces. The Canadian government and the Department of National Defence do not provide free mailing privileges, as I indicated. I understand however, that the United Nations Emergency Force in the Middle East has free mailing privileges provided by the United Nations for five letters per week of up to one ounce each. My answer might have been somewhat misleading in light of the hon. member's question as I read it in Hansard.
I will pursue the matter of other United Nations forces having the same privileges, but each force has its own rules of procedure.
Subtopic: MR. DANSON-FREE MAILING PRIVILEGES FOR ARMED FORCES-CLARIFICATION OF ANSWER