Mr. ROSS (Souris):
But it was asked sixteen days ago, and I remember a period only last winter when it was possible to gather information on very short notice-hours or da.ys- to tell the people of this country that the shortage of munitions and equipment was more important at that time than the manpower question. On instructions of the Department of National Defence a censorship was placed upon any reference in newspapers to the man-power situation at that time.
I should like to have from the department the number of men who have been A.W.O.L. or who have deserted up to date. I am satisfied1 that the figure will be greater than the figure of 16,000 given in the order in council with reference to N.R.M.A. men.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY