Item agreed to.
tion was that the time for the writs had expired, and as the now Prime Minister had been criticizing the action of the government in entering into contracts, contracts entered into after that date contained the provision that no further commitments should be made after the election, and that they could then be the subject matter of further consideration.
Lastly, it is wholly in violation of all the rules that govern that a personal and private letter marked "personal and confidential" should be submitted to- parliament; for the privilege is not the privilege of the receiver but that of the sender. When Hon. Vincent Massey wrote a letter to Hon. Arthur Meighen marked "personal," even after he had gone into the government, and Mr. Meighen asked him to release the privilege, he declined to do so. It was recognized in all quarters that that was the privilege of the sender or the writer of a letter, and not of the receiver or addressee. Upon that we have acted continuously, including shall I say the case in which Mr. Abramsky says he had a personal letter from the minister. Whether he has or not I cannot say. But the privilege is the privilege of the minister, and not of the receiver of the letter. I say this in view of the definite knowledge I have, and which can be further supported when occasion necessitates.
Amount required to provide for administration expenses generally, including salaries and 'ravelling expenses; unemployment relief branch, SfJll.oOO; national registration, $110,000.