I am sorry that it will not be possible to give an absolutely definite statement to-night as to what may happen with regard to a suggested union of two departments which it has not yet been decided to unite. I woulld think that after the passing of the- Bill would !be quite time enough to decide what officials in connection with the two departments would Ibe necessary. So far as the Inside Service of these departments is concerned, I would say that
it would be largely necessary to carry them on separately. They are distinct and separate classes of work, and, at this point at least, would have to he looked after by different classes of men. In a large number of places outside otf Ottawa, particularly in small districts, it might he possible to unite the work almost completely and to effect a considerable saving, or at least to secure greater efficiency by opening additional offices for the accommodation of the public with the same expenditure. Very large economies could he made in sofne places in *Canada and a better class of work done by the officials of both departments. If the amalgamation proceeds, it is along that line that the economies will take place and more satisfactory work in the interest of the community be done.