May 12, 1955

QUESTIONS

RENFREW MACHINERY COMPANY

PC

Mr. Fleming:

Progressive Conservative

1. What was the price paid by the government for the purchase of the plant of Renfrew Machinery Company in Renfrew, Ontario, and when was it paid?

2. What amounts were spent by the government in alterations and improvements on the plant, and when?

3. When was the plant sold by the government, to whom, and at what price?

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LIB

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

Liberal

1. The price paid for the plant of the Renfrew Machinery Company, including certain machinery and equipment, was $1,160,000 in September, 1951.

2. The plant, as purchased at the time of the Korean crisis, was used for light commercial manufacturing. Alterations to the extent of $311,708 were made to the existing plant, and additional plant services (power house, electrical, air, water and steam) to the value of $605,572 were provided to service new machinery and equipment valued at $1,956,447.61, which was urgently required for the production of jet engine components.

3. The land and buildings (excluding the above-mentioned machinery and equipment, title to which remains vested in the crown) were sold in April 1955, to Aluminum Castings Limited, 123 Hope Street, Glasgow, Scotland, for a price of $800,000.

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A. V. ROE COMPANY ORENDA ENGINES

CCF

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

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

1. Is the total aircraft production of the A.V. Roe company, Avro Aircraft Limited and Orenda Engines Limited, contracted for by the federal government, or any department or agency thereof? If not, what proportion is?

2. Is Orenda Engines Limited obliged by the federal government to supply engines to other specified aircraft producers in addition to Avro Aircraft Limited? If so, to what producers?

3. Is the A.V. Roe company, Avro Aircraft Limited, or Orenda Engines Limited, subsidized in any way by the federal government, or by any department or agency thereof? If so, to what extent?

4. Has the federal government any other kind of financial interest in the A.V. Roe company, Avro Aircraft Limited, or Orenda Engines Limited? If so, what is the nature and extent of such interest?

5. On what basis does the federal government or any department or agency thereof purchase aircraft from A.V. Roe company, Avro Aircraft

Limited, or Orenda Engines Limited? Are such purchases made at a flat price, or on a cost-plus basis?

6. Has the government any information regarding the financial position, including the profit position of the A.V. Roe company, Avro Aircraft Limited, and Orenda Engines Limited? If so, is such information available to parliament?

7. What proportion of the total aircraft production in Canada is undertaken by the A.V. Roe company, Avro Aircraft Limited, and Orenda Engines Limited?

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LIB

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

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. Yes. Canadair Limited for F-86 Sabre aircraft.

3. No.

4. Yes. Crown-owned capital assets, including plant and equipment valued at $65,057,725 have been provided to these companies for the carrying out of defence contracts. Of this amount, assets valued at $17,388,436 were subsequently purchased by the A. V. Roe Canada Limited, and equipment valued at $1,043,449 and $2,990,474 were transferred to MacDonald Brothers Aircraft Limited and York Gears Limited respectively.

5. Contracts for the production of aircraft by Avro Aircraft Limited and for the production of engines by Orenda Engines Limited are negotiated on the basis of a fixed fee plus incentive bonus on savings under a target price arrangement, with a total profit limitation of 10 per cent of target. The A. V. Roe company is a holding company only and, as such, has no direct contracts with the government.

6. Yes. The Department of Defence Production receives regular financial statements of these companies on a confidential basis, and has not made them available to parliament.

7. During the fiscal year 1954-55, Avro Aircraft Limited and Orenda Engines Limited accounted for some 60 per cent of total expenditures for production of aircraft and engines in Canada. On the basis of empty weight of aircraft including engines and fixed equipment, the two companies produced 37-7 per cent of total Canadian production.

With reference to the foregoing over-all percentage figures, it should be noted that they are inclusive of production carried out by subcontractors which, in the case of the engines, represents approximately 65 per cent of the total, and in the case of aircraft, 20 per cent of the total.

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R.C.A.F.-PILOTS KILLED

CCF

Mr. Campbell:

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

1. How many student pilots have been killed in training during the past five years?

2. How many pilot graduates have been killed in the same period within a year after graduation?

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LIB

Mr. Blanchette: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. 31 members of the R.C.A.F. and 22 NATO students have been killed in training during the past five years.

2. During the past five years, 59 members of the R.C.A.F. have been killed within a year of graduation.

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CAPITAL EXPENDITURES

PC

Thomas Miller Bell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bell:

What is the percentage change in the level of capital expenditures from 1953 to 1954, and the anticipated change from 1954 to 1955 for each province as estimated by the Department of Trade and Commerce?

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LIB

CAPITAL EXPENDITURE BY PROVINCES 1953 TO 1955


Value of capital expenditures Per cent change Province



1953 1954(i) 1955 (2) 1953 to 19540) 1954 to 1955(D$ millions $ millions $ millions Newfoundland 80-0 67-0 83-0 -16-2 +23-9Prince Edward Island 17-4 18-3 19-4 +5-2 +6-0Nova Scotia 157-0 160-2 162-3 +2-0 +1-3New Brunswick 108-5 117-1 149-5 +7-9 +27-7Quebec 1,374-4 1,299-9 1,393-7 -5-4 +7-2Ontario 2,105-6 2,065-8 2,186-9 -1-9 +5-9Manitoba 285-8 267-9 258-5 -6-3 -3-5Saskatchewan 357-4 352-8 308-9 -1-3 -12-4Alberta 729-2 610-7 659-2 -16-3 +7-9British Columbia 626-0(3) 535-4 585-3 -14-5 +9-3Canada 5,841-3 5,495-1 5,806-7 -5-9 +5-7 0) Preliminary. (2) Anticipated. (8) Includes Yukon and Northwest Territories.


* STATISTICAL INFORMATION TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

PC

Mr. Fulton:

Progressive Conservative

1. In how many government departments is it laid down that officials may not furnish direct to a member of parliament any statistical information requested by him (even though it be not of a nature "classified" on security grounds) but must channel it through the minister's office or some other such intermediary?

2. By whom was this policy laid down, and how long has it been in effect?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

This is a question which is marked as one which the hon. member wishes to have answered orally. There is not, and I do not know that there has ever been, any general directive of the character

described in the question, and applying to all departments. Each minister has the responsibility for the administration of his own department and generally is looked upon as having the responsibility for any information that comes from that department.

Of course there are some matters about which inquiries can be made, that require merely statements of fact, that are not open to any controversy whatsoever. They are actual facts. With respect to statistics, many of these have to be made up involving elements of estimate, and I think it is quite natural that the minister would wish to know what kind of statements involving estimates and opinions are prepared by officials

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in his department before they are issued as a formal statement on behalf of the department.

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LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Answered.

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May 12, 1955