Mr. WILLIAM HAYHURST (Vegreville):
Mr. Speaker, before the orders of the day are called I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Finance (Mr. Dunning) as to tariff board reference No/ 99, with respect to vegetable oils, and the correspondence set out in the votes and proceedings of May 23, 1939. Has the government put forward any further suggestions to the United Kingdom government with regard to implementing the recommendation of the tariff board, in accordance with the concluding paragraph of the letter of May 17 from Sir Thomas Inskip, Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs?
Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Finance): The government has not put
forward any further suggestions to the United Kingdom government. In view of the fact that the report of the tariff board recommends a specific form of treatment of the matter, of course it would require action by this parliament. It is difficult to work out within a short space of time anything which would take the place of that suggested action, and at the same time be likely, in view of the reply of the United Kingdom, to meet with their concurrence. The matter is under consideration.