May 10, 1950 (21st Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

Mr. Speaker, when this question was put on the order paper a memorandum was sent to me by the chief architect of my department which reads as follows:
With reference to the above-mentioned question, may your attention be drawn to the fact that in order to completely and thoroughly furnish the answers will involve a considerable amount of work.
There are a great number of contracts, and thousands of leases, which would involve an enormous amount of work in the way of checking and compiling statistics. In view of the detail required there is no doubt that it would take well over three or four months to answer this question intelligently.
After I received this memorandum I discussed the question with the member for Kamloops two or three times. In the last conversation I suggested that perhaps I could ask the officials to redraft the question in a manner that would meet the wishes of the hon. member. They did draft a question, which I sent over to the hon. member, but I am not satisfied that it would give all the information he seeks. If he needs more information I suggest that he drop this question, have the new question put on the order paper, and then perhaps draft another question covering the rest of the information he requires.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ACQUISITION OF PREMISES OR BUILDINGS FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURPOSES
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