May 12, 1948

STANDING COMMITTEES


Third report of standing committee on railways, canals and telegraph lines-Mr. Breithaupt.


NATIONAL DEFENCE

REPORTS AS TO ISSUE OF USED UNIFORMS TO CANADIAN ARMY


On the order for motions:


LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. BROOKE CLAXTON (Minister of National Defence):

In view of the general interest I should like to give an oral reply to three questions put to me by the hon. member for Fraser Valley (Mr. Cruickshank) with regard to the summer clothing of the Canadian army.

Early in 1947 action was initiated to obtain a summer uniform for the army of a type similar to that already authorized for the R.C.A.F. Upon investigation it was found that a suitable tropical worsted cloth could not be produced in adequate quantities at that time. It was however definitely decided that tropical worsted uniforms would be issued to the Canadian army (active) and this will be done as soon as the cloth can be manufactured and the uniforms made. Contract demands for this purpose have already been issued but delivery will not commence before late summer. No second-hand R.C.A.F. khaki drill uniforms have been or will be issued to the Canadian army. During the war some 200,000 khaki drill uniforms were obtained from the R.C.A.F. for the purpose of clothing Canadian troops in Italy but were never shipped. These were not worn uniforms and were to all intents and purposes the same as the army khaki uniform which was and is standard issue. To scrap these and all other khaki drill uniforms at the end of the war would have seriously upset the supply of cloth for essential civilian and military needs. Even after the issue of tropical worsted uniforms, khaki drill will still be used for active training in field conditions.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   REPORTS AS TO ISSUE OF USED UNIFORMS TO CANADIAN ARMY
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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

May I ask the minister if the army will receive every consideration that the air force is shown, in any way, shape or form?

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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. CLAXTON:

I think the hon. member knows that every effort is being made to put the three services on an exactly corresponding basis. I have announced that in the house, and I have told the hon. member the same thing previously. That the army is not suffering as compared with the air force is indicated by the fact that, proportionately, recruiting is better for the army than for the navy or air force.

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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

It is a better service.

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INCOME WAR TAX ACT

PROVISION TO MAKE INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO SENATE AND COMMONS


Mr. STANLEY KNOWLES (Winnipeg North Centre) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 298, to amend the Income War Tax Act.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

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Subtopic:   PROVISION TO MAKE INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO SENATE AND COMMONS
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. KNOWLES:

This bill would add to the appropriate section of the Income War Tax Act, the following words, which will be underlined in the printed bill:

Provided that nothing in this subsection shall operate to prevent a minister of the crown from communicating to the Senate or to the House of Commons any information obtained under the provisions of this act.

The purpose of the amendment is to remove the ironclad restrictions as to secrecy now imposed by subsection 1 of section 81, which in my view have the effect of denying to the house information which at times ought to be readily available.

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Is it the pleasure of the house to adopt the motion?

Topic:   INCOME WAR TAX ACT
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

No.

Some hon. MEMBERS! Carried.

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Subtopic:   PROVISION TO MAKE INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO SENATE AND COMMONS
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

No.

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

When shall the said bill be read a second time?

Topic:   INCOME WAR TAX ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION TO MAKE INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO SENATE AND COMMONS
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

No.

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Subtopic:   PROVISION TO MAKE INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO SENATE AND COMMONS
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. KNOWLES:

Next sitting.

Topic:   INCOME WAR TAX ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION TO MAKE INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO SENATE AND COMMONS
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May 12, 1948