If the hon. member will look at the record he will see that while the permanent employees have been increased, there has been a decrease in the temporary staff. That is the reason for the change in those figures. I would assume, in connection with printing and stationery, that costs have gone up just as they have in other respects. I believe I have dealt with both matters mentioned by the hon. member.
The supplying of figures is receiving study at the present time by an interdepartmental committee. We have available figures issued by the Department of Labour, and also the spot check by the bureau of statistics. We are endeavouring to work out some formula which will give us as clear a picture of employment conditions in the dominion as is humanly possible. The hon. member may rest assured that when the time comes I shall be glad to supply that information.
As I have pointed out before, while I do not know what my hon. friend can do, I know if I read all the publications which come to my desk I would go blind. It is difficult to keep up with them. Perhaps hon. members may not realize that I did not leave this building until twelve o'clock last night, and I read until one o'clock this morning-and I am not saying that to draw attention to me personally.
Topic: FLOOD CONDITIONS
Subtopic: FRASER RIVER VALLEY-INQUIRY AS TO PRESENT SITUATION