Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Minister of Trade and Commerce):
A few days ago the hon. member for Peel (Mr. Graydon) asked me a question regarding the reported cancellation of Canadian newsprint contracts by the United Kingdom authorities. I stated at the time that I would have the matter looked into, and I am now in a position to make this brief statement.
As a result of various representations which have been made through both government and industry channels, the United Kingdom authorities have agreed to accept a definite tonnage of Canadian newsprint during 1946. The tonnage specified is considerably less than the original contract amount, but is nevertheless a not inconsiderable volume. Delivery of the remainder of the contract amount is postponed. The settlement which has been arrived at is, under all the circumstances, a reasonable one, and is I believe .acceptable to the Canadian producers.
Subtopic: PRESS REPORTS AS TO SUSPENSION OF IMPORTS TO BRITAIN FROM CANADA