Mr. Speaker, I am tabling the official answer to this question. If the hon. member wishes to have certain other information-the whole information-for his own personal use, I have it here and shall be glad to send it to him.
The minister tables what he says is an official answer to the question, and indicates that there is further information available to the hon. member. I think we ought to have made clear the difference between an official answer and an answer.
I have spoken at various times on questions of this kind. Censorship regulations rule out the publication of certain trade statistics, and these are in that class. I have no objection to giving the information to the hon. member for his own use, but we cannot start to pick and choose information to be made public in regard to shipping.
Under the censorship regulations these figures are banned from publication, but where a member of the house desires such information for his own more or less confidential use I see no reason why he should not be given it. In this particular case I have the information here and am ready to give it to the hon. member.
1. What was the total financial assistance given by the federal government, by way of statute, bonus or otherwise, to the fishing industry (including shellfish), for 1942. (a) Atlantic coast, (b) Pacific coast, (c) inland fisheries, if any?
2. What was the amount in connection with shellfish?
Topic: QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic: ASSISTANCE TO FISHING INDUSTRY