They were in this instance.
Here is a request under date of January 26, 1938, from the interdepartmental committee. It reads: .
It is private and not public tender that is intended. The committee would like to know if this would affect the placing of your order in Canada realizing the probable delay incurred thereby. This information is for confidential use of interdepartmental committee which is working on proposed contract.
What was the answer of the war office to that?