Mr. N. J. M. LOCKHART (Lincoln):
Before the orders of the day are called I should
like to direct a matter to the attention of the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Euler). In explanation of the question which I intend to ask, may I say that it has come to my attention that not only my own municipality but others are finding difficulty in getting statistical returns from the bureau of statistics in connection with applications for old age and blind pensions. I have in my hand requests for information that go back as far as January 13. I am advised that this delay is probably due to lack of temporary assistance to take care of the unusual amount of work pertaining to blind pensions and other matters. Would the minister be good enough to check up on this situation and consider the providing of temporary assistance in the department to ensure the sending forward of this statistical information to the several municipalities concerned.
Subtopic: INQUIRY WITH RESPECT TO INFORMATION FURNISHED TO MUNICIPALITIES BY BUREAU OF STATISTICS