to make a statement on the subject when the House reaches the Orders of the Day, but it would not be debatable then, and perhaps my right hon. friend would rather have it deferred until an occasion when it might be discussed.
I have no further information, except that efforts are being made to adjust the matter. I would suggest to my hon. friend that he would speak to me in private about these matters, as it is not considered in the public interest that they should be made public. I shall be glad to give him in private any information I have touching the matter.
I would call the attention of the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Rogers), and also of the Minister of Militia (Sir Sam Hughes) to a letter which appeared in the St. John Telegraph on Friday last, and which is signed by J. K. Scammell. I do not think it necessary to read the whole letter, but the substance of it is this: Mr. Scammell offered his services for overseas in August, 1914. He had been employed as an engineer in the Public Works Department, and he asked for leave of absence, which was granted, to go to Halifax to qualify as a lieutenant. He now finds that he has been practically retired from the position which he held. I would like to know what the policy of the Government is in regard to their positions in the Civil Service of men like Mr. Scammel, who volunteered for overseas service.
I have not all the facts in my mind concerning Mr. Scammell's case, but, as I recall, Mr. Scammell had been making certain reports on public works, which were recently discovered by the department to be not at all correct. Some action has been taken but I do not remember at the moment just what, I will let my hon. friend know to-morrow.