Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Minister of Trade and Commerce):
Mr. Speaker, on April 21 I made a statement concerning Canada's contribution to UNRRA since its commencement. At that time the hon. member for Temiscouata (Mr. Pouliot) asked if I would give the house a statement showing the number of automobiles and trucks which have been apportioned to each country.
At UNRRA headquarters in Washington the needs of the various recipient countries are considered, allocations are made of goods which are most urgently required, and orders placed among the contributing countries best able to supply.
At the request of UNRRA the Canadian Export Board has purchased, with Canadian funds, 3,888 trucks at an estimated cost of $6,756,357. In addition UNRRA has purchased with free funds 7,347 trucks and 22 ambulances at a cost of $13,282,221, or a total of 11,235 trucks.
In view of the tremendous destruction of the transportation systems in Europe and China, and the need to get supplies to distressed areas immediately, UNRRA urged that trucks be shipped as quickly as possible. I understand the actual allocation made by UNRRA was as follows: China 3,761; Yugoslavia, 2,204; Poland, 1,774; Czechoslovakia, 1,471; Greece, 1,229; Albania, 234; Italy, 50; Philippines, 2. The balance of 510 have not yet been allocated. The great majority of these were of course, military type trucks.
Subtopic: RELIEF AND REHABILITATION-CANADIAN AND OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS-MOTOR VEHICLES