for studies and surveys of the Columbia river watershed in Canada. The people concerned are engineers and so forth. I see down below there is the sum of $79,000 for topographical surveys and $26,000 for bathymetric surveys, and $43,000 for drilling investigations. Then there is an item of $26,000 for other professional and special services. I wonder why it is that all these surveys are separate from the cost of the various engineers, technical officers and so
on, who are part of the department. Has this been done by means of extra contracts, or what is the explanation?
No. We will answer questions with respect to administration so far as we are able to and, so far as possible, we will answer with regard to details of work. However, I am sure my colleague the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys will give all that information, if he is asked, when his estimates are being considered.
This item is of great interest to British Columbia, and particularly my constituency. How long will it be before the studies will be completed, and at what points has drilling been undertaken on the Columbia with the idea of finding foundations for dam sites? What success has there been in drilling at these various points?
Hon. George Prudham (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys):
Mr. Chairman, I had that information here until about ten minutes ago, but seeing that time was running out I sent it back to my office. However, I shall be pleased to supply it when my estimates are before the committee.