May 23, 1951

QUESTIONS

CANADIAN ARMED FORCES

RECRUITING OFFICES

CCF

Mr. Thatcher:

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

1. During the past fiscal year, how many recruiting offices were there in Canada for (a) the air force; (b) the navy; (c) the army?

2. What was the cost of maintaining these offices for each service?

3. As at March 31, 1951, what active service personnel was engaged in the operation of recruiting stations in each service?

4. Has the Department of National Defence considered the amalgamation of recruiting offices in each city?

5. If no amalgamation is to be proceeded with, what are the reasons?

Topic:   CANADIAN ARMED FORCES
Subtopic:   RECRUITING OFFICES
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LIB

Joseph-Adéodat Blanchette (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Blanchette:

1 and 2. (a) 19. Cost of maintenance for

fiscal year 1950-51, borne by the Department of Public Works, was $64,720. (b) 1. Cost of maintenance for fiscal year 1950-51, borne by the Department of Public Works, was $360. (c) Nil.

3. Navy: On part time basis, two officers and 25 men; on full time basis with mobile unit, four officers and two men; army:. On part time basis, 60 officers and 162 men; air force: 61 officers and 62 men.

4. Yes.

5. The only place where there is duplication of separate recruiting establishments is

at Victoria, B.C., where the R.C.N. and R.C.A.F. both have offices. The cost of maintaining the R.C.N. office at Victoria was $360 in 1950-51, as noted above. It was considered that the advantage of having there a separate office more than outweighed this additional cost. It should be noted that in addition to the 20 separate offices referred to in the answer to questions 1 and 2 above, recruiting was also carried on by the R.C.N. in the 21 naval reserve divisions, in the Canadian army in active and reserve units, command, area and other headquarters, etc., and in the R.C.A.F. at command headquarters and regular and auxiliary establishments. All the accommodation is fully used. In any event it would not be considered desirable to endeavour to recruit personnel for the army or air force at naval reserve divisions or vice versa, for the following reasons among others:

(a) under the present arrangements the three services for the most part employ personnel for recruiting who are primarily engaged in other duties and utilize accommodation which exists for other purposes. During period of decreased numbers of applications recruiting staff carry on other duties.

(b) amalgamation of recruiting offices would require the setting up in each city of additional office space and personnel from each of the three services would have to be provided on a full time basis.

(c) in order to stimulate competition, it is considered more advantageous to maintain a clear-cut distinction between the services with the appropriate service atmosphere for recruiting services rather than impersonal recruiting offices staffed on a tri-service basis.

(d) experience in both the United Kingdom and the United States when these countries were on an entirely voluntary basis supports the present arrangements for separate facilities.

Topic:   CANADIAN ARMED FORCES
Subtopic:   RECRUITING OFFICES
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RESEARCH ENTERPRISES

CCF

Mr. Noseworthy:

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

1. Did the government dispose qf Research Enterprises after the war? If so. how was it disposed of, and to whom?

2. If sold, what price was realized on the sale of (a) land and buildings; (b) machinery and other equipment?

3. What was the original cost to the government of (a) land and buildings; (b) machinery and other equipment?

4. What is the estimated cost of (a) land and buildings; (b) machinery and other equipment required in the present expansion program for Research Enterprises?

Topic:   RESEARCH ENTERPRISES
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LIB

Mr. Mcllrailh: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production; Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

1. Yes. A part of the plant consisting of lands and buildings was sold by War Assets

Questions

Corporation to the following industrial purchasers: Corning Glass Works, Toronto,

Ontario; Rogers Majestic Limited, Toronto, Ontario; Reo Motor Company of Canada, Toronto, Ontario; Parkhurst Realty Company Ltd., Toronto, Ontario; J. R. Thompson, Toronto, Ontario.

Part of the land comprising the extension of Vanderhoof avenue was granted to the town of Leaside as a public thoroughfare.

The balance of the original property known as Research Enterprises Limited was taken over by the instrument and radar division of Canadian Arsenals Limited, a crown corporation.

2. (a) Sales for industrial use of lands and

buildings were as follows:

Corning Glass Works $150,000.00

Rogers Majestic Limited 628,214.55

Reo Motor Company of Canada 130,740.00

Parkhurst Realty Company Ltd. 175,000.00

J. R. Thompson 24,400.00

(b) Part of the machinery and equipment was retained by Canadian Arsenals Limited. It is impossible to compute the selling price of the balance, as it was found necessary to move such machinery and equipment to War Assets warehouses, from which points disposal was made. Identity of such equipment as to its source was lost; consequently no sales figure is obtainable.

3. The original cost to the government of the entire plant was as follows: (a) lands and buildings, $3,660,174.49; (b) machinery and equipment, $5,400,053.70.

4. The crown company known as Research Enterprises Limited was wound up in October, 1946, and its charter surrendered. There is, therefore, no present expansion program for Research Enterprises as such, since the nucleus that was retained is now part of Canadian Arsenals Limited. (See answer to No. 1.)

Topic:   RESEARCH ENTERPRISES
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

FEDERAL CONTRACTS WITH LEVY AUTO PARTS COMPANY LIMITED

PC

Mr. Lennard:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has the government placed orders with Levy Auto Parts Company Limited, 1400 Weston road, Toronto, Ontario, from January 1, 1951, to May 1, 1951?

2. If so, what were these orders for, and what was the value?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   FEDERAL CONTRACTS WITH LEVY AUTO PARTS COMPANY LIMITED
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PENSIONS

VETERANS

PC

Mr. Higgins:

Progressive Conservative

1. How many war pensioners are in receipt of pensions for disability incurred as a result of having contracted tuberculosis?

Inquiries of the Ministry

2. What is the total amount of such payment?

3. How many war veterans are in sanatoria suffering from tuberculosis contracted while in the armed forces?

4. What is the estimated annual cost of caring for such war veterans?

Topic:   PENSIONS
Subtopic:   VETERANS
Sub-subtopic:   TUBERCULOSIS
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PENSIONS

VETERANS

PC

Mr. Black (Cumberland):

Progressive Conservative

1. As at January 1, 1950, how many veterans were being paid pensions of 50 per cent or more, due to coronary thrombosis and sclerosis, incurred during service?

2. During 1950, how many of the above had their classification altered from incurred during service to aggravated during service, and as a result suffered a decrease in pension?

Topic:   PENSIONS
Subtopic:   VETERANS
Sub-subtopic:   CORONARY THROMBOSIS AND SCLEROSIS
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VETERANS INSURANCE ACT

AMENDMENTS TO INCREASE AMOUNT PAYABLE AT DEATH, ETC.

LIB

Hugues Lapointe (Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Hugues Lapointe (Minister of Veterans Affairs) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution:

That it is expedient to introduce a measure to amend the Veterans Insurance Act to extend the scope of the act and the period during which a contract of insurance may be entered into; to increase the amount payable at time of death and, in certain cases, to permit the estate of the insured to receive the full amount payable under the policy contract; to provide for the insertion in the policy contract of a war clause in certain cases; and generally to improve the administration of the act.

He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house.

Topic:   VETERANS INSURANCE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS TO INCREASE AMOUNT PAYABLE AT DEATH, ETC.
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May 23, 1951