WAR ASSETS-SALES OVER S4.000 TO FIRMS, CORPORATIONS OR INDIVIDUALS
RADIO BROADCASTING-STATIONS CKT AND CKX
PATENT INSTITUTE-REPRESENTATIONS TO . SECRETARY OF STATE
CANADIAN INFORMATION SERVICE
Hon. BROOKE CLAXTON (Minister of National Health and Welfare) moved that the house go into committee at the next
sitting to consider the following resolution:
That it is expedient to present a bill to establish a Canadian information service for collecting and distributing abroad information concerning Canada and to coordinate and assist the information service of the government and to provide for payment of salaries of staff and expenses of the service from moneys appropriated by parliament.
He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house.
Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice): May I be permitted to answer a question submitted yesterday by the hon. member for Vancouver South (Mr. Green). The question was as follows:
I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. A Canadian Press dispatch published this morning indicates that a conference may be held this fall to consider the whole question of empire trade preferences. Will the minister make a statement in that regard?
The answer is as follows: There have
been no arrangements made for a commonwealth conference on empire trade preferences this fall. The conference scheduled for this fall is that to which the Prime Minister made reference in his answer on July 5, which is to be found at page 3205 of Hansard of that day, to the question addressed by the hon. member for Peel (Mr. Graydon), namely, a preparatory committee meeting of the economic and social council in London on October 15, the purpose of which is to explore the general principles of the proposals for the expansion of world trade and employment put forward by the United States.
It is expected that negotiations on tariffs and preferences will be held in 1947 and that these will include commonwealth discussions on preferences.