Hon. BROOKE CLAXTON (Minister of National Defence):
Mr. Speaker, because of its important relationship to the whole question of housing, I would like to announce to the house a very large addition to the program of construction of married quarters for personnel of the armed services and defence research. This will call for completion this year of 2,350 new houses in thirty-six different localities, at a cost of approximately $20 million. This will be a direct contribution to relief of housing shortages in civilian communities, as the moving into service married quarters will make housing available for civilian families.
On January 1, 1947, the armed forces had 1,241 married quarters. By March 31, 1948, 2,863 units were added and 1,864 were under construction, of which 1,179 were new houses, making, with the 1,171 to be begun after April 1, 1948, a total of 7,139 married quarters. These new houses are allocated on the basis of need, not rank, and rental rates will be the normal quarters allowance.
I am making available to hon. members a statement giving particulars of this program, which is one of the largest housing projects undertaken in Canada, and is part of the effort to provide as far as possible the condition of normal family and community life for armed forces personnel, particularly in remote areas.
Subtopic: PROVISION OF MARRIED QUARTERS FOR PERSONNEL OF ARMED SERVICES AND DEFENCE RESEARCH