Has the contract
placed with Quinlan and Robertson, of Quebec, been cancelled?
Mr. CARVELfL: The contract has not formally been cancelled, but the works were closed down early in the summer of 1917, and, I think I am safe in saying, with the consent of the contractors and of the Government as well. The contractors have been paid, off practically everything coming to them, and this $15,000 it is hoped will be sufficient to settle up the matter to date. The contract has not been cancelled and closed up because Quinlan and Robertson, like many other contractors in Canada, are claiming they are entitled to compensation for the closing down of the work. They base their claim on various grounds which, perhaps, it would not be proper to discuss here. There is the closing down of the work, and they want us tc buy their plant, and so on. Those matters have not yet been settled, but I hope they will be in the near future. This item is purely for the purpose of paying them the amount of money which we believe will be due to them when the accounts are finally straightened .out. It is only an estimate; the amount may be more, it may be less.
Topic: DANGER FROM EXPLOSION OF MUNITIONS.