May 5, 1952

RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING


Second report of sessional committee on railways and shipping owned, operated and controlled by the government.-Mr. Cleaver.


REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance) moved:

That votes Nos. 485, 486 and 493 of the main estimates for 1952-53, approved and reported upon this day by the sessional committee on railways and shipping owned, operated and controlled by the government, be referred back to the committee of supply.

Topic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
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Motion agreed to.


VETERANS AFFAIRS


Mr. L. A. Mutch (Winnipeg South) presented the first report of the special committee on veterans affairs, and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


EMERGENCY POWERS

LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

I should like to lay on the table of the house two copies, in English and in French, of order in council P.C. 2306, passed on May 2, 1952, under the provisions of the Emergency Powers Act, respecting changes in the great lakes seamen's security regulations.

Topic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
Subtopic:   EMERGENCY POWERS
Sub-subtopic:   CHANGES IN GREAT LAKES SEAMEN'S SECURITY REGULATIONS
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CONSUMER CREDIT

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to inform the house that an order in council has been passed, effective tomorrow, suspending all the regulations made under the Consumer Credit (Temporary Provisions) Act.

This act was passed by parliament in September, 1950, and the first regulations under the act came into force in November of that

year. The regulations were considerably stiffened in March, 1951, and generally speaking required down payments of one-half of the selling price in the case of motorcars and motorcycles, and one-third for all other commodities, with the balance to be paid within the succeeding twelve months. Last January the regulations were relaxed by permitting payments of the balance to be spread over a maximum period of eighteen months.

The situation with respect to consumer credit is now such that I believe we can safely suspend the operation of these regulations. However, if conditions made it necessary, I would have no hesitation in recommending the reintroduction of consumer credit controls, and in view of existing uncertainties I believe the present legislative basis for such control should be maintained. For this reason the government will invite both houses of parliament to present addresses to the governor general praying that the Consumer Credit (Temporary Provisions) Act be continued for a further period. Hon. members will recall that this act is purely an enabling act authorizing the governor in council to make regulations respecting the control of consumer credit, and that under its own terms it will expire on July 31 next, unless the action I have suggested is taken.

Topic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
Subtopic:   CONSUMER CREDIT
Sub-subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF SUSPENSION OF REGULATIONS MADE UNDER ACT OF 1950
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PRIVATE BILL

FIRST READING


Bill No. 185, respecting the board of elders of the Canadian district of the Moravian church in America.-Mr. Decore.


QUESTIONS

HOUSE FURNISHINGS FOR SERVICE OFFICERS

LIB

Mr. Balcom:

Liberal

1. Are homes furnished in part or in full for service officers transferred from one area to another in or outside Canada?

2. Under what circumstances are these supplied?

3. Do furnishings remain the property of the crown?

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Subtopic:   HOUSE FURNISHINGS FOR SERVICE OFFICERS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Blanchette:

1 and 2. In general all permanent and temporary married quarters provided by the Department of National Defence are furnished with stoves and refrigerators. At some isolated stations such as Goose Bay, where the costs and difficulties of transportation make it impossible or uneconomical to move personal furniture into

Questions

and out of the stations, furniture is supplied according to an established scale. Also in a few quarters which have been for a long time in the possession of the department, additional furniture is provided and in a few cases furniture which was provided prior to world war II has been permitted to remain when no particular economy would result in removing such furniture. Privately owned or rented houses are not supplied with any public furniture.

3. Yes.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HOUSE FURNISHINGS FOR SERVICE OFFICERS
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ARMED FORCES-MEDICAL SERVICES AND NURSING SISTERS

May 5, 1952