Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am sorry there is not more respect for you on that side. Am I correct in my understanding of the statement the minister made a moment ago that in finding a solution for the problem which we started to discuss last night, it is the responsibility of the local employment agencies to conduct a registration, and the responsibility also of the personnel affected, the men out of employment, to make application in the regular way? That has been the effect of the regulations up to March 31 of this year, when the selective service regulations which provided for that machinery went out of commission.
Topic: LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic: MOVEMENT OP UNEMPLOYED PERSONS TO EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE NOVA SCOTIA
1. Has the Department of Mines and Resources experimented in respect to obtaining coal-distilled gas?
2. If 30, what is the estimated cost production per gallon on coal mined in Nova Scotia?
3. What is the estimated average cost to produce one ton of Nova Scotia coal?
i. What is the estimated number of gallons of gasoline which could be produced from one ton of Nova Scotia coal?
5. What action has been taken, if any, with respect to the setting up of a pilot-plant or scientific centre of research in Nova Scotia to study the question of producing coal-distilled gas and the use of coal by-products?
1. The, offices of the Department of Mines and Resources have conducted small scale laboratory investigations on the direct hydrogenation of Nova Scotia coals for the production of gasoline. No work has been done to date on the alternative modified Fischer Tropsch process by which the coal is first gasified and the gas synthesized into gasoline and heavier oils.
2. Experimental work has been on a small laboratory scale and sufficient data are not available to make reliable estimates of commercial costs.
3. A comprehensive answer to this question is given in the "Report of the Royal Commission on Coal" 1946, chapter 4, pages 113170. There are so many variable factors that it is difficult to give an average estimate of the cost, which could be used safely, of producing one ton of Nova Scotia coal.
4. It is estimated that about 60 gallops of gasoline could be produced per ton of coal. (This includes the coal required for power and hydrogen generation.)
5. The Nova Scotia government established recently the Nova Scotia research foundation to study in a general way all problems in research in Nova Scotia. It has not yet undertaken any specific investigation of the production of gasoline from coal or the use of coal by-products. Coal experts of this department are cooperating with that foundation.
1. Is the Department of National Health taking over a building on Parkdale avenue in the city of Ottawa?
Inquiries of the Ministry
2. If so, from what firm or individual, is this building being bought, or rented?
3. What is the cost, or rent, of this building?
4. What is the total floor space of this building?
5. Is the Department of Public Works renovating this building?
6. If not, by what firm, or individuals, are the alterations being done?
7. What is the estimated cost of this work? Mr. FOURNIER (Hull):
2. Rented from Ontario Hughes Owens Co., Ltd.
3. Rental SIS,000 per annum.
4. Gross area 24,933 square feet. Net area
22,000 square feet.
5. It is the intention of the Department of Public Works to have this building fitted up with special plumbing, sinks, partitions, etc., to meet the requirements of the Department of National Health and Welfare,
6. No contract has yet been awarded.
7. Estimated cost cannot be made until definite requirements are known.
Subtopic: NATIONAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT-OTTAWA BUILDINGS
Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Fisheries. In view of the fact that -an American halibut schooner now in Lunenburg is most anxious to ship a Canadian crew, will the Minister of Fisheries state whether Canadians can ship on foreign vessels? If not, will the minister state what prevents such action and whether or not steps can and will be taken to permit a limited number of Canadian fishermen to ship -on American vessels under these circumstances?
Sub-subtopic: SHIPPING' OF CANADIAN CREWS ON FOREIGN VESSELS