§ Mr. KELLY
asked the Minister of Pensions the policy of his Department in staffing the Ministry of Pensions (Canadian Office) at Ottawa; how many members of the British Civil Service, both permanent and temporary, respectively, have been transferred to Canada within each of the last three years and how many it is contemplated to send this year; whether he is aware that the local staff consider that these transfers from Great Britain seriously jeopardise their future progress with regard to promotion and continued employment; and whether in this case he will reconsider his policy of sending new members of the staff from London?
§ Mr. F. O. ROBERTS
The Ministry's office in Ottawa deals exclusively with Imperial pensioners and is staffed with due regard to the work to be performed and the interests of the Imperial pensioners resident in Canada and the United States of America. No officer left this country for service in Canada in 1929. In order to replace members of the Canadian Civil Service who had been lent to this office and who had been recalled to their own Departments during 1930 and this year, three permanent 1629W officers were sent from the home service in 1930 and six permanent officers and one temporary officer in 1931. These transfers have not resulted in any representations to me. I should add that the Ministry representative is returning shortly to this country at his own request on the expiration of his term of office, and his successor has recently left to take up his duties.