Right Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply):
Mr. Speaker, I desire to table a copy of order in council P.C. 3456, passed on the 14th day of August, rescinding the regulations respecting the distribution of motor vehicles.
As the house will recall, during the period from May 7 to June 30 applications for priority certificates were accepted and processed but, due to the number of certificates outstanding and not honoured, the issue of the certificates was suspended until July 1, when all which had been approved during this period were issued. After the 1st July no applications were accepted, except in very special circumstances. On August 1 the controller's orders were amended to prohibit the sale or delivery by a dealer of a new passenger car or truck to anyone who was not the holder of a priority certificate. Since then new passenger cars and trucks have been delivered only to holders of a priority certificate. It is now felt that the distribution of motor vehicles can best be handled by normal trade channels, and the regulations have accordingly been rescinded.
I should remind the house that price ceilings on motor vehicles are fixed by the wartime prices and trade board, and that the rescinding of these regulations does not remove or affect the price ceilings on motor vehicles.
Subtopic: RESCINDING OF REGULATIONS RESPECTING DISTRIBUTION