April 19, 1943


Mr. PURDY.: 1. Has the king's printer recently placed orders for printing reports of committees of the house with outside concerns? 2. If so, what reports, and why was this necessary ? 3. Has the printing bureau recently printed a pamphlet entitled "Planning for Victory and Security", speeches by Cooperative Commonwealth Federation members from Saskatchewan? Questions 4. If so, how many copies were printed, and what was the cost to, (a) the purchaser; (b) the printing bureau, including proportion of overhead, etc.? 5. Are the speeches in the exact form as the usual reprint of speeches supplied to members? "6. If not, in what form or particular does each differ? 7. Does the pamphlet contain other matter than the speeches of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation members? 8. If so, what are the particulars of same? 9. Did the printing of this pamphlet make it necessary to hold type longer than the seven days provided for in the regulations published in Hansard?


LIB

Mr. McLARTY: (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

1. No.

2. Answered by No. 1.

3. Yes.

4. 10,000 copies; (a) $255.59; (b) $251.98.

5. No, except as to type and text.

6. Pamphlet in question contains halftones, subheads and carries a cover.

7 and 8. Answered by No. 6.

9. Regulations published in Hansard do not refer to holding the type, which is kept until after the session for the printing of the revised edition. The order for the printing of this pamphlet was placed with the debates office seven days after the date on which the last speech reprinted in pamphlet was delivered in the house.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   REPRINTING OF SPEECHES
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IMPORTS FROM AND EXPORTS TO CHILE

IND

Mr. ROY:

Independent

1. What was the total amount of imports from Chile during the years, 1940, 1941, and 1942?

2. What was the total amount of exports to Chile during the years, 1940, 1941, and 1942?

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Subtopic:   IMPORTS FROM AND EXPORTS TO CHILE
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

In the absence of the Minister of Trade and Commerce I am advised that, owing to censorship regulations, this information is not available for publication.

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Subtopic:   IMPORTS FROM AND EXPORTS TO CHILE
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CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY SHARES HELD IN ENGLAND


Mr. LaCROIX (Quebec-Montmorency): Is the government purchasing a block of shares of the Canadian Pacific Railway, held in England, in order to supply London with Canadian dollars?


LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

No.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY SHARES HELD IN ENGLAND
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MOTOR VEHICLE GASOLINE

PC

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

Progressive Conservative

1. What ivas the (a) total production; (b) importation; (c) consumption, of motor vehicle gasoline in Canada in each of the years, 1940, 1941, and 1942 inclusive?

2. What amount of gasoline comes into Canada by way of pipe line extending from Maine to Montreal?

3. Is said pipe line being used to capacity? If not, why?

Mr. HOWE;

1. (a) Refinery production (Barrels) 1940,

23.888,627; 1941, 26.905.923; 1942, 23.843,657. (b) Importations: 1940, 1,452,162; 1941,

1,098,711; 1942, 1,224,503. (c) Total Consumption; 1940, 25,208,022; 1941, 27,860,917; 1942, 26,780,573. The foregoing figures cover all types of gasoline, including aviation gasoline. It is not in the public interest that motor gasoline figures be released Separately for the reason that the consumption of aviation gasoline, a highly secret commodity, can be readily computed by deducting the motor gasoline consumption from the total.

2. None as gasoline. Crude oil and petroleum products came into Canada by way of the pipe line from Maine, United States, as follows:

1941 (2 months) (Barrels) 1,098,520; 1942 (12 months) 7,157,501; 1943 (3 months)

3,159.515.

3. It is being used to capacity in so far as we are able to get tankers to supply.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   MOTOR VEHICLE GASOLINE
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MELBOURNE MERCHANDISING COMPANY LIMITED

PC

Mark Cecil Senn

Progressive Conservative

Mr. SENN:

.

1. Does Melbourne Merchandising Company Ltd., import or ship wool into Canada?

2. If so, in what amounts during each year since its formation?

3. Who allocates such shipments to each consumer in Canada?

4. Is an over cost charge on imported *wool made by this company to Canadian users of wool ?

5. If so, how much?

6. If so, what disposal is made of such profits? Mr. HOWE:

1. Yes.

2. It is not in the public interest that this information be given.

3. Supplies are allocated by Melbourne Merchandising Company Ltd., to the Canadian mills in accordance with their requirements for contracts from the Department of Munitions and Supply. No wool is supplied for civilian requirements.

4. Selling prices are generally set higher than final landed cost.

5. From 5 per cent to 10 per cent.

6. Profit is applied to inventory reserves.

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Subtopic:   MELBOURNE MERCHANDISING COMPANY LIMITED
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PC

Mr. SENN:

Progressive Conservative

1. Is Melbourne Merchandising Company Ltd., a dominion government agency?

2. Who are its directors?

3. Are they full-time employees?

4. Are the directors paid by the government?

5. If so, in what amounts?

Questions

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Subtopic:   MELBOURNE MERCHANDISING COMPANY LIMITED
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LIB

Mr. HOWE: (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

1. Yes. Melbourne Merchandising Company Limited is a government owned and operated company.

2. Directors: Henry Barrett, Henry Brown, David C. Dick, Clement Tremblay, W. P. Walker.

3. No.

4. No.

5. Answered by 4.

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Subtopic:   MELBOURNE MERCHANDISING COMPANY LIMITED
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PC

Mr. SENN:

Progressive Conservative

1. Does Melbourne Merchandising Company Ltd., handle Canadian wool?

2. If so, in what amounts?

3. Who allocates such shipments to each consumer in Canada?

4. Is an over cost charge on Canadian wool made by this company to Canadian users of wool?

5. If so, how much?

6. If so, what disposal is made of such profits?

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Subtopic:   MELBOURNE MERCHANDISING COMPANY LIMITED
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LIB

Mr. HOWE: (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

1. Yes, only from the Canadian wool board.

2. Such quantities as are required to meet the demand for Canadian wool by contractors to the Department of Munitions and Supply.

3. Supplies are allocated by Melbourne Merchandising Company Limited to the Canadian mills in accordance with their requirements to meet these contracts.

4. Generally, yes.

5. Approximately 3 per cent.

6. Profit is applied to inventory reserves.

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Subtopic:   MELBOURNE MERCHANDISING COMPANY LIMITED
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DEFENCE INDUSTRIES LIMITED-TRANSCONA CORDITE PLANT

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

I should like to give the complete answer in reply to a question asked by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) on March 29, regarding the Transcona cordite plant:

On March 29, 1943, in reply to a question by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre, considerable information was given regarding the Transcona Cordite plant-the number of employees, the total cost, ownership, use of the plant on expiration of the war, etc. The figures for the number of employees in the plant were secured by long distance telephone in order that the question oould be answered as quickly as possible an'd were given as follows: May, 1942, 4,485; March, 1943, 3,089.

Confirmation by letter of the information given by telephone later showed that the figure given for May, 1942, should have read 4,398 instead of 4,485, and the figure for March, 1943, should have read 2,961 instead

of 3,089. Inasmuch as this question was answered on March 29, before the complete figures for the month of March had been compiled, the latest available figures were given, i.e. as of February 28, 1943. As stated above, this figure 3,089 should have been 2,961. The discrepancies as above were caused by the fact that in relaying thte figures by telephone from Defence Industries Limited to Allied War Supplies Corporation approximately 130 foremen were included in both wage and salary lists and therefore duplicated.

On April 12, 1943, in reply to a further question regarding "a proposed lay-off", a definite answer was given to the specific question, and inasmuch as monthly figures on the exact number of employees had come to hand these figures were given to the house in addition to what had been asked.

Information of this kind has to be relayed from the Transcona Cordite plant to Allied War Supplies Corporation, and thence to the department at Ottawa, and therefore some discrepancy in figures, unless all questions cover the same specific period of time, is quite understandable.

For the additional information of the house and in further reply to the question of the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre of April 13, page 2197 of Hansard, the reduction from peak employment (on operations) be-< tween May, 1942, and March, 1943, as of payroll March 31, 1943, is therefore 4,398 (May, 1942) minus 2,588 (March 31, 1943) which equals 1,810.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEFENCE INDUSTRIES LIMITED-TRANSCONA CORDITE PLANT
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

NAVAL SERVICES-ACQUISITION OF LAND AND BUILDINGS

April 19, 1943