Hon. H. H. STEVENS (Minister of Trade and Commerce):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to take this opportunity of replying to a question put to me the other day by the hon. member for Comox-Alberni (Mr. Neill) in which he called into question the figures published in the Commercial Intelligence Journal and in the report of the bureau of statistics. The hon. member pointed out that in his opinion there were certain discrepancies as between those two sets of figures, and at page 916 of Hansard he said:
One can imagine how an exporter or importer would be deceived by figures like that,- 74726-62
And further he states:
If it is not useful and if it is not accurate, what is left?
He invited me to look into the matter, which I have done, and in justice to the importance of the matter and the desirability that the public should be assured of the accuracy of published figures I desire to make a brief explanation which I think will clear up the whole matter to his entire satisfaction.
Briefly, the complaint was that in connection with the exports of canned salmon from Canada over quarterly periods, the figures of the dominion's exports did not agree *with the figures of the British imports for the same period. The reasons are as follows: Exports to Great Britain going from the Pacific coast would take nearly a month to arrive in Great Britain, and it is quite understandable that a very substantial portion might be shipped from the Pacific coast in one quarter and not reach the British Isles until the next quarter. In the second place the imports in Great Britain are set forth in hundredweights of 112 pounds while exports from Canada are set forth in the Canadian standard of 100 pounds. If one will take the year 1933 it shows the following: Exports of canned salmon from Canada to Great Britain amounted to 11,151,800 pounds. Imports into Great Britain from Canada amounted to 11,397,680 pounds, almost exactly the same; the slight variation might be accounted for by the possible non-arrival of a shipment within the year period.
I have another statement which I will hand to Hansard which shows in detail the monthly, quarterly and annual exports in hundredweights and the imports into the United Kingdom, from the United Kingdom figures. In explanation of the statement I might say that it shows 111,518 hundredweights of 100 pounds exported from Canada, while the imports into the United Kingdom are shown at 101,765 hundredweights of 112 pounds. The total figures, as I said a moment ago, are very close in actual pounds. This statement, which shows the monthly, quarterly and annual exports from Canada and imports into the United Kingdom will give to the hon. gentleman the assurance he requires that the figures are quite accurate, and that the importer or exporter may have no fear or alarm as to the accuracy of the figures published in the government publications.
The figures are as follows:
Cairo Postal Congress
Canada's Domestic Exports of Canned Salmon to the United Kingdom contrasted with United Kingdom Imports from Canada
Exports from Canada 1933
Imports into United Kingdom 1933
100 lbs. 100 lbs. Pounds Pounds
5,254 12.978 525,400 1,297,800
11,717 17,365 1,171,700 1,736,500
18,441 55,420 1,844,100 5,542,000
12,162 4,190 9,403 1,216,200 419,000 940,300
111,518 111,518 11,151,800 11,151,800
112 lbs. 112 lbs. Pounds Pounds
1 112 2,123,296
3,183 8,360 356,496 936,320
8,318 7.049 11,822 931,616 789,488 1,324,064
31,049 10,124 6,085 3,477,488 1,133,888 681,520
101,765 101,765 11,397,680 11,397,680
Note.-For the calendar year 1933 the corrected figure for the United Kingdom is 100,988 cwt. or 11,310,656 pounds.