Hon. LIONEL CHEVRIER (Minister of Transport):
I should like to reply to the question asked yesterday by the hon. member for Ottawa East (Mr. Richard), with reference to the transfer of government telephone and telegraph services to the Department of Transport, and whether the Bell Telephone company had been consulted in connection with them. The order in council which was tabled yesterday provides for the transfer of the government telephone and telegraph services to the Department of Transport, save and except those telephone services within the area of the city of Ottawa which will be assigned to the Department of Finance. A certain number of the personnel who were in the Department of Public Works will be
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assigned to the radio service branch of the Department of Transport. I made the answer yesterday that I was not aware of any negotiations which had been undertaken by the Bell Telephone company with regard to that part of the government telephone and telegraph services which have been assigned to transport; and I find that to be the case.
Subtopic: TRANSFER OF CONTROL AND SUPERVISION