Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil) :
I can give you a summary of the estimates of the department in so far as civil government is concerned. For the fiscal year 1922-23 these increases were granted for meritorious service: Three increases of $180; 17 of $120; 15 .of $60; and 6 of $50. The increase in the salary of the Superintendent of Indian Education, due to change in classification in the schedule, amounts to $335. There is an increase due to an amount being provided for a new position as clerk stenographer, $960, making a total increase in civil government in the department of $5,075. Then there were savings due to no provision being made for two positions. There is the position of chief surveyor, which you will notice is dropped, and that of junior architect. The chief surveyor has $3,240, the junior architect $1,920. As to the savings I am not very clear but I imagine they are because the salaries set forth are the minimum salaries in positions which became vacant during the year. The appointees now start at the minimum; therefore, there is a saving in the salary. As the appointees start at the minimum, you have a saving until the individual who takes the position goes to his maximum. The reductions in salary are: Clerk, $900; chief stenographer, $340; chief clerk, $460; head clerk, $320; architect, $180; junior clerk stenographer, $180; clerk stenographer, $90; and clerk stenographer, $60. This makes a total of $7,690 and the increases are $5,075 representing a net saving of $2,615 for the department this year. There is no special claim made for saving because there are no changes; it is simply the result of the classification in these particular cases. The senior officials have either gone into other positions or have retired from the service, and those filling the positions have begun at the minimum salary.