I think I am within my rights in speaking at the moment, and I accept the spirit in which rather than the words with which the hon. member interrupts me. I have no doubt he is just as much interested in this matter as I am, and I shall be glad to hear his comments when I resume my seat, which I shall do in a moment.
I am sure that the information the minister has given during the course of this discussion is definitely in the public interest. Can he now state to the committee what are, in general, the plans in connection with any policy for the expansion of the air force of this dominion? Is the government planning to increase the number of our fighting planes, and is it felt that the present available equipment is obsolete and should be replaced?