The only fair way would be to advertise now for tenders, so that others might have the right to compete. Let me tell the hon. minister what perhaps he does not know, and what may explain why the present contractors are so anxious to have their contract renewed. A very large German firm is now investigating with a view of manufacturing wood alcohol by a new process, which has been accepted by the leading chemtets in Germany and by which it could be manufactured at one-fifth its present cost. It is therefore only natural those people who have the contract to-day should be anxious to renew it for another five years. But it is not fair to the country that such a contract should be renewed. There is every reason why the government should advertise for tenders and let the public know two months in advance.
Subtopic: INQUIRY FOR RETURN.