Madam Speaker, I will see if I can get an answer for the hon. member.
As the House knows, the government makes every effort to answer these questions on a timely basis. Some of the questions unfortunately are necessarily referred because of the nature of the question to all or many government departments. That makes the exercise quite an exhaustive and complex one as all members know.
I do have the hon. member's question noted as an environment ministry question and that it deals with departmental contracts. The review of the data is continuing and the answer is being prepared. I acknowledge that the question has been unanswered for over 45 days. The member is of course aware that he has an option to move the question to adjournment proceedings if he wishes to debate the matter further. If he is not going to do that then I assure the member that the pursuit of the answer to his question is ongoing and I will make a special inquiry into it to ensure an early reply.