Mr. REID (Mackenzie) :
The minister has given the committee a great array of figures as to the cost of collecting customs revenue and inland revenue, but he did not say how he arrived at the percentage of cost. Has he taken into consideration, for example, rentals, depreciation of buildings, office furniture, and so on? In other words, has he computed his costs as they would be computed in the annual statement of a commercial company at the end of the year?
I notice also that the cost of collecting the inland revenue was reduced from 6.3 in one year to 3.21 the next, and to 1.68 in the following year. How does the minister
account for this reduction? If the cost keeps on coming down, he will soon be able to collect his inland revenue without any expenditure at all.
Topic: SUPPLY-BERRY AND CURRANT BOXES