Some time ago
when the Estimates for the department were before the committee I asked for certain information with regard to the Health of Animals Branch, and partieu-
12 m. larly with regard to the amount that had been paid out in connection with animals that had been slaughtered under the accredited herd system. My objections did not receive much consideration, and I was finally forced to move that the item should be reduced to what it was the previous year, $1,020,000. That was not a very pleasant task for me. If I may be permitted, I would like to remind the committee that I asked on that occasion what amount had been spent in the past year under the accredited herd system, and if my memory serves me we were told that it was something in the neighbourhood of $22,000, or to be exact $21,827.94, and that 212 animals had been slaughtered. When I received the further Supplementary Estimates for the year ending March 31, 1921, I was surprised to find an item of $300,000 for the Health of Animals Branch, $200,000 of which had been paid out under Governor General's warrant.
I also find that there is an item in the further Supplementary Estimates for 19211922 of $300,000 for the Health of Animals
Branch, so that altogether we are being asked to vote this year almost $1,000,000 of an increase in connection with this matter, and I do not think it is in the interest of good government to permit an item of that amount to go through without some discussion, particularly in view of the fact that those who are vested with authority in enforcing the law in connection with this matter have not, to my mind at least, acquitted themselves in the past in a manner that would justify us in placing this amount at their disposal without a little better understanding as to what their authority is going to be in the future.