March 23, 1953

QUESTIONS

MEDICAL EXPENSES

PERCENTAGE OF INCOME

CCF

Mr. Knowles: (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

1. What is the average percentage of income spent by all Canadians on medical expenses under each of the following headings: (a) on items allowed as deductible under the Income Tax Act; (b) on drugs, medicines, spectacles and all other medical items not allowed as deductible under the Income Tax Act?

2. What is the average percentage of income spent on (a) and (b) as set out in question (1) by Canadians in each of the following gross income brackets: (i) $2,000 per year or less; (ii) $2,001 to $3,000 per year; (iii) $3,001 to $5,000 per year; (iv) $5,001 to $10,000 per year; (v) $10,001 to $15,000 per year; (vi) over $15,000 per year?

Topic:   MEDICAL EXPENSES
Subtopic:   PERCENTAGE OF INCOME
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LIB

Mr. McCusker: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

1. (a) It is estimated that in 1950 all Canadians spent 3 per cent of total disposable personal income for those items of medical care allowed as deductible under the Income Tax Act.

For 1951, the corresponding estimate is 2-9 per cent.

(b) It is estimated that four-tenths of 1 per cent of total disposable personal income was spent for prescribed drugs purchased through retail outlets in 1951, but no estimates are available for the other items requested.

2. This information is not available at the present time.

Topic:   MEDICAL EXPENSES
Subtopic:   PERCENTAGE OF INCOME
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PUBLIC WORKS EXPENDITURES, NEWFOUNDLAND

PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Browne (St. John's West):

How much money has been spent In each of the federal electoral districts in Newfoundland, during the calendar year 1952, by the Department of Public Works, for (a) dredging; (b) wharves and breakwaters; (c) other work?

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS EXPENDITURES, NEWFOUNDLAND
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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

Constituency (a) (b) Wharves and breakwaters (e) TotalDredging Construction and improvements Maintenance and repairs Staff and sundries S cts. $ cts. $ cts. $ cts. $ cts.Bonavista-Twillingate 494,040 40 523,354 03 80,650 63 170 20 1,098,215 26Burin-Burgeo 126,467 59 135,141 50 236,154 39 Nil 497,763 48Grand Falls-White Bay 802 37 59,526 17 23,171 49 Nil 83,500 03Humber-St. George's Nil 46,138 03 19,349 70 Nil 65,487 73St. John's East 20,844 10 6,602 48 56,817 69 Nil 84,324 27St. John's West 8,156 39 3,657 44 64,620 75 Nil 76,434 58Trinity-Conception 26,183 42 47,349 57 353,389 84 Nil 426,922 83Newfoundland generally Nil Nil 3,172 32 137,074 83 140,247 15Totals 676,494 27 821,829 22 837,326 81 137,245 03 2,472,895 33

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS EXPENDITURES, NEWFOUNDLAND
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SURPLUS CROWN ASSETS

REVOLVERS SOLD

PC

Mr. Fulton:

Progressive Conservative

1. Why were 2,364 revolvers sold as surplus crown assets to G. K. Harper & Company Ltd., Ottawa, for $22,458, as shown at page 17 of the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation report for 1951-52?

2. What type were these revolvers?

3. Were any tenders called for the purchase of these revolvers?

4. Were any conditions attached to the sale or was any undertaking required to be given by the purchaser as to its handling of these revolvers or the conditions under which, and the type of person or persons to whom they might subsequently be sold?

5. By whom were these revolvers declared surplus to the corporation?

Questions

Topic:   SURPLUS CROWN ASSETS
Subtopic:   REVOLVERS SOLD
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LIB

Mr. Dickey:

Liberal

1. The declaration of surplus showed they were of an obsolete calibre not used by Canadian armed services, police or protective organizations.

2. The type was revolver, Smith and Weston and Colt manufacture, -455 and -45 calibre, not automatic.

3. Bids were solicited from the trade.

4. No. The transaction was cleared by the R.C.M.P. as the revolvers were exported to an approved agency in the U.S.

5. Department of National Defence (army).

Topic:   SURPLUS CROWN ASSETS
Subtopic:   REVOLVERS SOLD
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COLOMBO PLAN

DAMS IN CEYLON

PC

Mr. Hodgson:

Progressive Conservative

1. Is Canada financing dams in Ceylon under the Colombo plan?

2. II so, in what amount?

3. Are the dams for (a) irrigation purposes; (b) to develop electric power?

Topic:   COLOMBO PLAN
Subtopic:   DAMS IN CEYLON
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LIB

Mr. Pearson: (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

1. No.

2. Answered by No. 1.

3. Answered by No. 1.

Topic:   COLOMBO PLAN
Subtopic:   DAMS IN CEYLON
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UNITED STATES FILMS

PC

Mr. Calherwood:

Progressive Conservative

1. What was the total amount of money paid by Canadians for the importation of American films, during the year 1952?

2. Of this amount, how much was for rental of American films?

3. How much of this total was for films which remained in Canada?

Topic:   UNITED STATES FILMS
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. $2,733,917.

2. $257,935-brought in for reproduction and originals returned to United States.

3. $1,776,944-motion picture positives

(theatricals); $699,035-(education).

All figures used are value for duty purposes.

Topic:   UNITED STATES FILMS
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CAMPBELLTON, N.B., RAILWAY STATION

March 23, 1953