On the order for motions:
High! Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture): At yesterday's sitting the hon. member for Souris (Mr. Ross) commented on a return which had been made to an order of the house, dated May 3, 1950, with respect to freight assistance on western feed grain. It would appear that the hon. member wished to obtain a list of the companies to whom freight assistance payments were made in 1948 and 1949, together with the actual amounts paid. Through a misunderstanding of the question this information was not supplied, [DOT]
In the public accounts for 1948-49 all freight assistance payments in excess of $5,000 were listed. Some items from these lists were placed on Hansard by the hon. member. In the forthcoming public accounts for 1949-50 similar lists will be published. The comptroller of the treasury has furnished the appropriate copy sheets for the public accounts, and these are now being tabled for the information of the hon. member.
I am requesting the hon. member to note that the information is not complete, because only payments of $5,000 and more are listed. Payments of less than $5,000 were made to 167 companies. These can be produced if the hon. member wishes, but some time will be required to prepare the list.
One further point might be noted, and that is that the reports are for the fiscal years, not calendar years. To classify the payments by calendar years would require some time, and would delay the presentation of the information.