July 13, 1942

QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

POSTAL SERVICE-RURAL MAIL ROUTES

NAT

Mr. GRAYDON:

National Government

1. How many rural mail routes were in operation in Canada on July 1, 1942?

2. How many new routes were inaugurated during (a) the year 1941, (b) the year 1942?

3. How many extensions, if any, were made to existing routes, (a) during 1941, (b) during 1942?

4. Has any general increase been made in the contract price of rural mail contracts during 1941 and 1942 by way of cost of living bonus? If so, what was the amount of such increase?

5. By provinces, how many rural mail routes were put up for tender in, (a) 1941, (b) 1942?

6. How many of these were put up for tender prior to the expiry of the existing contract?

7. How many contracts were awarded in (1) 1941, (2) 1942, (a) at prices lower than the previous contract; (b) at the same price as the previous contract; (c) at a higher price than the previous contract?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   POSTAL SERVICE-RURAL MAIL ROUTES
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DEFENCE OF CANADA REGULATIONS-CHARGES AGAINST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

NAT

Mr. GRAYDON:

National Government

1. Have any informations and complaints under the defence of Canada regulations been laid against persons employed by the dominion government since the present war was declared?

2. If so, what are the names and addresses of such persons, and with what branch of the government service was each connected?

3. How many of such persons were convicted?

4. How many of such eases were dismissed?

5. Have any of such proceedings been withdrawn by the crown?

6. If so, who were the accused persons in each

such instance, and what was the nature of the charges preferred against them and the reasons for such -withdrawals ? .

7. Are any of the persons against whom such proceedings were withdrawn still in the employ of the government? If so, who are they, and in what branch of the government service is each of them presently employed?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   DEFENCE OF CANADA REGULATIONS-CHARGES AGAINST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
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ACCIDENT TO ROYAL AIR FORCE FERRY COMMAND BOMBER NEAR MONTREAL

NAT

Mr. CHURCH:

National Government

1. What inquiry has been held into the deaths

of Squadron Leader George Patterson Christie, D.F.C., and of Wing Commander Brian Carr-Harris, of Toronto, killed on July 5, in a crash of a Royal Air Force ferry command Hudson bomber, near suburban Pointe Claire, near Montreal? . .

2. Is any civilian inquest being held into the cause of this accident?

3. Has the government, and under what law, statute, usage or custom, cancelled the right of soldiers, who are also civilians, to a civilian inquest into such matters to show the cause of the accident, and whether due care was taken to safeguard life in military camps?

4. Has the government conferred with provincial attorneys general of the provinces on this subject of civilian inquests, and what was the reply in each case?

5. Have any civilian inquests been held into conditions in the various camps of His Majesty's forces in Canada, since the war started, or into housing or hospital conditions of those who died in the latter places?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   ACCIDENT TO ROYAL AIR FORCE FERRY COMMAND BOMBER NEAR MONTREAL
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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Associate Minister of National Defence; Minister of National Defence for Air; Minister of National Defence for Air and Associate Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

Mr. Speaker, I think I shall have to make the same reply which I have already made to my hon. friend when he asked similar questions with respect to inquiries into the deaths of trainees in training. In this particular case I would say that the ferry command is under the Royal Air Force, and not under the Royal Canadian Air Force, and I have no control over it. I am convinced, however, that the Royal Air Force would not be willing to produce reports of these inquiries. With this reservation, the question can pass as an order for return.

Questions as Orders for Returns

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   ACCIDENT TO ROYAL AIR FORCE FERRY COMMAND BOMBER NEAR MONTREAL
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CANADIAN FORCES-PRICES IN CANTEENS

NAT

Mr. CHURCH:

National Government

1. What are the rates being charged in canteens and other similar services, in the various camps of His Majesty's forces in Canada, since the sales tax was raised?

2. Will any aid by way of bonus, subvention or subsidy be given as an aid to soldiers?

3. Have the rates that formerly existed been frozen to prevent excessive charges by the wartime prices and trade or other board?

4. What were the rates charged for cigarettes, chocolate bars, sandwiches, pop, ice cream, tea, coffee, beer and other articles of food and refreshment in these camps, (a) before the sales tax increase, (b) since they were put into effect?

5. What regulation of these prices has the government regarding public and private canteens to the camps, re rates charged?

6. Does the wartime prices and trade board issue any regulations in the matter?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN FORCES-PRICES IN CANTEENS
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MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT IN ARMED FORCES

LIB

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

Liberal

1. Which members of the House of Commons served in the armed forces during the last war?

2. Which members are serving in the armed forces at present?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT IN ARMED FORCES
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CANADIAN FORCES-AVAILABILITY OF CIGARETTES FOR PURCHASE OVERSEAS

NAT

Mr. GRAYDON:

National Government

1. Has the alleged shortage of Canadian cigarettes available for purchase in Britain by our overseas armed forces been brought to the attention of the government?

2. Is there actually such a shortage?

t 3. If so, what steps does the government intend to take to meet the situation?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN FORCES-AVAILABILITY OF CIGARETTES FOR PURCHASE OVERSEAS
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CANADIAN FORCES-HOUSING OF FAMILIES OF MEN AWAY FROM HOME

NAT

Howard Charles Green

National Government

Mr. GREEN:

What, if any, responsibility has the Department of National Defence or any other department of the government assumed for ensuring that sufficient housing is available for the families of members of the forces serving away from their homes?

Topic:   CANADIAN FORCES-HOUSING OF FAMILIES OF MEN AWAY FROM HOME
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SYNTHETIC RUBBER-POLIMER CORPORATION

NAT

Mr. BLACK (Cumberland):

National Government

1. When was the Polimer Corporation or other companies created for the manufacture of synthetic rubber?

2. Where are such companies located, who are the principal officers and what are their qualifications?

3. How much money, if any, has the government expended on each project to date?

4. What additional expenditures is it expected will be required?

5. When is it expected that manufacturing operations will commence?

6. How many tons is it expected will be produced in 1942 and in 1943, and what will be the cost per ton?

7. Have there been any proposals for the reorganization of the enterprise, and if so, what is the nature of such proposals?

Topic:   SYNTHETIC RUBBER-POLIMER CORPORATION
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MOTIONS FOR PAPERS

COURT MARTIAL OF MAJOR H. C. SINGER

July 13, 1942