Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, as a matter of personal privilege I wish to point out that there is carried in the Montreal Gazette of this morning a report which bears the headline: "Ships carried war materiel to China-P.M." The report is a Canadian Press report, and it is an accurate report of the discussions which took place in this house yesterday, but the headline would convey to many a quite erroneous impression. "War materiel" is taken by many to mean munitions, supplies or equipment for armed forces. The report contains this paragraph, which is correct:
Mr. St. Laurent said the reason the ships carried to China materials Canada herself now bans for export to Red countries was that the materials were not placed on Britain's banned list until a few days ago. Now the British and Canadian lists were virtually the same.
It would be most unfortunate if this headline conveyed the impression that I was indicating to the house that Britain allowed "war materiel" to be carried to communist China. For a great many there is a substantial difference between what are classified as strategic materials and what is described as "war materiel". I was speaking of the items on our list of strategic materials which, up to some days ago, was more restrictive than that of Britain. But I certainly did not wish to imply that the British authorities were allowing "war materiel" to be carried to communist China.
Subtopic: MING SUNG INDUSTRIAL COMPANY
Sub-subtopic: REFERENCE TO HEADING OF REPORT IN MONTREAL "GAZETTE"