Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Finance):
I will bring the request to the attention of the wartime prices and trade board, but I know from the correspondence that passes through my office that the demand for pumps far exceeds the supply, and the equitable allocation of the available supply of pilmps is a very difficult matter to arrange satisfactorily. For instance, I was just reading in- the office last night or this morning a bitter complaint from the owner of a triplex house, in which there were families comprising fifteen children, who was unable to get a second pump for the property, although it was badly needed-because, as he put it, farmers were given the preference in the allocation of pumps. In other words, he said, the government puts the
interests of cattle above the interests of children. I just cite that instance to show how difficult it is to distribute pumps in a way that will be satisfactory to all those who require them.
Subtopic: INQUIRY WITH RESPECT TO INCREASED QUOTA