March 1, 1954

MISCELLANEOUS PRIVATE BILLS


Third report of standing committee on miscellaneous private bills.-Mr. Hunter.


QUESTIONS

UNITED KINGDOM WHEAT PURCHASES

CCF

Mr. Argue:

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

1. What quantity of wheat has the United Kingdom purchased from Canada, during each week from August 1 to January 15, in the crop years 1950-1951, 1951-1952, 1952-1953 and 1953-1954?

2. What was the total quantity purchased, during the period in each of the above years?

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Subtopic:   UNITED KINGDOM WHEAT PURCHASES
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LIB

Mr. Dickey: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

1. In the crop years 1950-51, 1951-52 and 1952-53 arrangements for the sale of Canadian wheat and flour to the United Kingdom were governed for the most part by memoranda of agreement completed by the Canadian wheat board and the United Kingdom ministry of food. These arrangements between the board and the United Kingdom ministry of food covered an extended period of time and were not specifically related to the period included in this question. Board sales to the United Kingdom in 1950-51, 1951-52 and 1952-53 were 97-0, 119-6, 122-2 million bushels respectively. With respect to the crop year 1953-54, it is not the policy of the board to divulge its sales position during a current crop year.

2. See answer to No. 1.

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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

DIESEL ENGINES

PC

Mr. Hodgson:

Progressive Conservative

1. How many diesel engines are in operation on the Canadian National Railways?

2. How many are on order for the Canadian National Railways?

3. Will there be diesel engines available for operation in the Lindsay and Peterborough yards in 1954?

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Subtopic:   DIESEL ENGINES
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LIB

J. G. Léopold Langlois (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Langlois (Gaspe):

The Canadian National Railways advise as follows:

1. At the end of January 1954, there were 512 diesel units in operation on the Canadian National system.

2. At the end of January 1954, there were 31 diesel units on order.

3. The assignment of diesel motive power, as it becomes available, is made from time

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to time in accordance with the requirements of traffic and in the interests of operating efficiency.

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Subtopic:   DIESEL ENGINES
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

CEDAR PICKETS

LIB

Mr. Pouliot:

Liberal

1. How many cedar pickets has the Canadian National bought in the province of Quebec during the last 12 months, and at what price?

2. On what date were tenders invited and what was the price submitted by each tenderer, together with his address?

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Subtopic:   CEDAR PICKETS
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LIB

J. G. Léopold Langlois (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Langlois (Gaspe):

The Canadian National Railways advise as follows:

1. (a) 87,559; (b) It is not the policy of the company to divulge the nature and details of contracts or orders between the railways and other parties for the supply of materials required for company use.

2. See answer to No. 1(b).

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Subtopic:   CEDAR PICKETS
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GAGETOWN MILITARY CAMP

PC

Alfred Johnson Brooks

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Brooks:

How many men were employed as of February 7, 1954 in construction work at the Gagetown military camp area (a) from camp area; (b) from New Brunswick (outside camp area); (c) from outside New Brunswick?

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LIB

John Horace Dickey (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

Mr. Dickey:

If I may, Mr. Speaker, I should like to answer this question orally.

It is not possible to answer this question through information available from government sources. Apart from supervisory personnel employed by Defence Construction Limited, all persons employed on this project are working for private contractors who are performing the preliminary stages of construction.

These contractors meet their labour requirements, apart from key personnel, mainly through the national employment service. Instructions were issued by the Department of Labour to the national employment service to give preference in making referrals to men from the camp area and individuals who had been displaced by the expropriation. The national employment service has been operating in accordance with this directive in referring applicants to fill vacancies as requests come in from the contractors. However, there is no reliable record of those actually employed' or retaining such employment.

Questions

The most recent estimates indicate that out of some 230 employed, approximately 140 are from the camp area and over 70 from elsewhere in New Brunswick. Defence Construction Limited has 30 employees, all supervisory personnel, 6 from the camp area, 19 from elsewhere in New Brunswick and 5 from outside New Brunswick.

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WHEAT-PRICE REDUCTIONS

CCF

Mr. Argue:

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

1. Has the United States price for wheat at the Atlantic coast been reduced recently? If so, by how much per bushel?

2. Did the American reduction follow or precede the Canadian reduction?

3. Did Canada or the United States first suggest a reduction in its eastern selling price?

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LIB

Mr. Dickey: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

1. Prices at which United States wheat is sold for export are not published by their government but each day the United States department of agriculture announces a per bushel subsidy covering the shipment of wheat of United States origin to be exported out of various U. S. ports. This has the effect of reducing the price by a similar amount to the foreign buyer. Subsidies announced by the United States department of agriculture covering export shipment out of U. S. east coast ports on February 15, 16, 17 and 18 were as follows:

Announced at 3.30 p.m. eastern standard time February 15 effective until 3.30 p.m. eastern standard time February 16, 57 cents per bushel.

Announced at 3.30 p.m. eastern standard time February 16 effective until 3.30 p.m. eastern standard time February 17, 63 cents per bushel.

Announced at 3.30 p.m. eastern standard time February 17 effective until 3.30 p.m. eastern standard time February 18, 64 cents per bushel.

Announced at 3.30 p.m. eastern standard time February 18 effective until 3.30 p.m. eastern standard time February 19, 64 cents per bushel.

2. At 1.15 p.m. central standard time on each of the following days the Canadian wheat board announced its price for No. 1 Manitoba northern wheat basis in store Fort William-Port Arthur: February 15, $1.85| per bushel; February 16, $1.78| per bushel; February 17, $1.79 per bushel; February 18, $1.79 per bushel.

3. The decision to reduce the in store Fort William-Port Arthur price of Canadian wheat on February 16, 1954 was made by the Canadian wheat board.

fMr. Dickey.]

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March 1, 1954