Note: Actual construction of the proposed addition will commence shortly.
4. Medical, surgical, laboratory equipment, including initial issue of drugs, $13,250; X-ray equipment, $6,500; total, $19,750. The extension to this hospital is not fully completed and X-ray equipment has not yet been issued but is on order.
Subtopic: PATRICIA BAY, B.C., R.C.A.F. HOSPITAL
1. Has the Department of National Defence recently enlarged or, has it in process of enlargement, the military hospital at Deer Lodge, outside Winnipeg?
2. If so, how many additional beds will it provide?
3. What was the total cost of the enlargement?
4. In connection with this enlargement, was it necessary to provide additional equipment and, if so, (a) what equipment; lb) at what cost?
5. Did the Department of National Defence approach the board of trustees or governors of the Winnipeg general hospital with a view to having the additional accommodation provided there, by an extension to their present building?
6. If so, with what result?
Subtopic: DEER LODGE, MAN., MILITARY HOSPITAL
1. Have scientific investigations been carried on by national research council, as to possibility of utilizing Canadian-grown cereals to produce butadiene which is used in manufacturing synthetic rubber?
2. Has the department made scientific research into the possibility of producing alcohol, rubber, starch and other commodities, from certain farm products?
3. If so, what have been the results?
4. What is the cost per pound of rubber made from wheat alcohol as compared to petroleum?
3. (a) Ethyl alcohol. No experimental work is being done on alcohol production from farm products since the general processes are already well established in industry. Information obtained from the wheat-alcohol committee of the United States war production board is available to the national research council.
(b) Rubber. Promising results have been obtained from laboratory investigations on the production of butylene glycol from wheat and its conversion to butadiene. A pilot plant scheduled to operate in early summer is under construction. The purpose of this plant is to provide necessary data for the proper design of a full scale industrial plant.
(c) Starch. An improved process for the separation of starch and gluten from wheat flour has been developed on a large laboratory scale. Starch of high purity is obtained by this process without greatly changing the natural properties of the gluten.
4. Actual production costs are not at present available to the national research council.