Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I imagine I
am the minister responsible because the passport office comes under External Affairs. I was informed by the Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs that all the applications made t.o the Ottawa office for passports had been cleared off the slate some days ago. What my hon. friend said just now comes as a surprise, because I was informed not only that the applications at the Ottawa office had been duly attended to but that that was equally true of applications made to the other offices. However, I do not question for a moment what my hon. friend has said, and I shall immediately draw the attention of the Undersecretary of State to his statement and seek to give my hon. friend a due explanation.
Subtopic: QUESTION OF EXPEDITING ACTION ON APPLICATIONS -METHODS OF PROCEDURE