Answering the last question first, I might tell my hon. friend that the custom which he complains of is one that has existed almost from time immemorial in connection with all customs ports. It has always been necessary for the officers requiring supplies to send in their requisitions to the department at Ottawa, and either have the supplies forwarded to them from Ottawa or obtain authorization to purchase. The suggestion made by my hon. friend is well worthy of consideration, and it will be considered not as regards supplies of value or importance, but for the petty articles such as whisks, hammers, brooms, and other supplies,, that may be required. I think a small cash allowance could be given to the local officers for this purpose.
We have often seriously considered the combination of the servioes of customs and-immigration but it has been found practically impossible to do this at the larger ports. The duties of the two sets of officers are entirely different. Their responsibilities are entirely different, and their training requires to>
be entirely different. It is true that the practice has been adopted and this economy effected at very small frontier ports where very few people cross the boundary, and where there is only a small quantity of goods to be examined. There are some small ports where part of the officer's salary is paid by one department and part by the other. The officer reports to both departments. It has been found impossible so far, in connection with the larger ports, to combine the officers doing the two different kinds of work in the same department.