I have explained the matter. 1 think, four times since the session opened; but as the hon. gentleman lias asked the question, 1 do not mind giving the explanation once more. The gentlemen selected as engineers, Messrs. Hobson, Surtees and Brophy, all examined into the claim for these extras, judging of the correctness and fairness of the prices, and made a report that, that of this claim, which was for over $400,000, the chief engineer might properly, in their opinion, certify to $120,000-1 think the hon. gentleman has given the correct amount. 1 think the report came in after parliament opened, and since then no further action has been taken. The matter is now awaiting the consideration of council, as, in the midst of our other pressing duties, we have not 'been able to deal with the matter Anally.
Subtopic: MAT 14. 1902