Under this item I should like to make a correction, offer an apology and ask a question, if I may. Last Monday, at page 2311 of Hansard, I referred to certain telegrams from officials of government departments to members of parliament, dealing with official matters, which had been sent collect. While referring to specific departments I mentioned the Department of Labour and in particular the deputy minister of labour. My good friend the Minister of Labour came over here in about ten seconds flat and in his kindly way, if I may use his phrase, told me he thought I was wrong. I looked up my files and was unable to find any telegrams sent collect by the deputy minister of labour. The telegrams in question were from the Department of External Affairs and the Department of Mines and Resources, sent to me collect on official business. May I ask the Minister of Transport, under this item which has to do with telephones, telegrams and postage, whether his department is in the habit of sending collect telegrams to hon. members in the course of handling official correspondence.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT