May 19, 1955

STANDING ORDERS

CONCURRENCE IN SECOND REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

LIB

John Hornby Harrison

Liberal

Mr. J. H. Harrison (Meadow Lake) moved

that the second report of the standing committee on standing orders, presented to the house on Tuesday, May 17, be concurred in.

Topic:   STANDING ORDERS
Subtopic:   CONCURRENCE IN SECOND REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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Motion agreed to.


QUESTIONS

ARMED FORCES

DESERTERS, KOREAN WAR

PC

Mr. Harkness:

Progressive Conservative

1. From the start of the Korean war to March 31, 1955, what has been the total number of releases on account of desertion, or absence without leave: (a) from the navy; (b) from the army; (c) from the air force?

2. What was the largest number of men posted as deserters or A.W.L. at any one time and what was the date?

Topic:   ARMED FORCES
Subtopic:   DESERTERS, KOREAN WAR
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LIB

Ralph Osborne Campney (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Campney:

Stand.

Topic:   ARMED FORCES
Subtopic:   DESERTERS, KOREAN WAR
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

I rise on a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker, in connection with this question. I wonder if I might ask that this question be answered in the immediate future? It is a question which I am quite sure the Department of National Defence could answer within three days, but it has been standing on the order paper since April 5.

Topic:   ARMED FORCES
Subtopic:   DESERTERS, KOREAN WAR
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LIB

Ralph Osborne Campney (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Campney:

The answer is being prepared. I can assure the hon. member that it was not possible to compile the answer to this question within anything like three days. I hope, however, to have the answer shortly.

Topic:   ARMED FORCES
Subtopic:   DESERTERS, KOREAN WAR
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Stand.

Topic:   ARMED FORCES
Subtopic:   DESERTERS, KOREAN WAR
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PER CAPITA DEBT

CCF

Mr. McCullough (Moose Mountain):

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

1. What is the per capita debt in Canada for the latest date available?

2. To whom is this debt owed and under what terms?

Topic:   PER CAPITA DEBT
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Mr. Benidickson: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal Labour

1. The white paper tabled in the House of Commons on April 4, 1955, showed that the liabilities of Canada at March 31, 1955, were estimated to total $17,944,100,000; the net debt (total liabilities less active assets) was

estimated at $11,264,200,000 and the unmatured funded debt was estimated at $14,487,800,000. On the basis of an estimated population of 15,482,000 the per capita figures are $1,159.02, $727.57 and $935.78 respectively.

2. As a large proportion of the funded debt is in bearer form it is not possible to state to whom the debt is owed. The monthly return of assets and liabilities of the chartered banks of Canada shows that on March 31, 1955, the chartered banks of Canada held government of Canada treasury bills in the amount of $434,980,000. The Bank of Canada held government of Canada securities in the amount of $2,139,000,000 on the same date.

The maturity dates and interest rates on the funded debt of Canada are listed in the white paper.

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FOREIGN LOANS AND MUTUAL AID

CCF

Mr. Nicholson:

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

1. To what countries did Canada grant financial assistance during world war I as (a) outright gifts; (b) credits and loans?

2. To what countries did Canada grant financial assistance during world war II as (a) outright gifts; (b) credits and loans?

3. What was the amount advanced to each country under the above-mentioned classifications?

4. How much is still outstanding on loans and credits?

5. How much has been expended under the Colombo plan and United Nations agencies?

6. How much has been spent on mutual aid to NATO countries?

Topic:   FOREIGN LOANS AND MUTUAL AID
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Mr. Benidickson: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal Labour

1. (a) None, (b) United Kingdom.

2. (a) United Kingdom, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Australia, China, France, New Zealand, India, British West Indies and Greece; (b) United Kingdom and Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

3. During world war I, credits were extended by the United Kingdom to Canada and by Canada to the United Kingdom. At March 31, 1919 Canada owed the United Kingdom $214,133,333.31 and the United Kingdom owed Canada $443,795,649.67. A settlement of these balances was arranged in the early 1920's.

Loan to the United Kingdom under the War Appropriation (United Kingdom Financing) Act, 1942-$700,000,000.

Loan to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics under the War Appropriation Act, 1942-$10,000,000.

Payments made under the War Appropriation (United Nations Mutual Aid) Acts.

Questions

United Kingdom, $2,870,978,000 (x); Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, $159,113,000; Australia, $91,119,000; China, $26,597,000; France, $23,629,000; New Zealand, $15,278,000; India, $18,826,000; British West Indies, $5,518,000; Greece, $12,000.

(x) Includes $1,000,000,000 authorized by the War Appropriation (United Kingdom Financing) Act, 1952.

Gift of wheat to Greece under the war appropriation acts-$ 19,382,079.19.

4. $112,500,000.

5. Administrative contributions to United Nations organizations, $21,463,000; grants and loans for Colombo plan and United Nations agencies (including UNRRA), $298,397,000.

6. $1,176,000,000.

Topic:   FOREIGN LOANS AND MUTUAL AID
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CIVIL DEFENCE, ONTARIO-HOSE COUPLINGS

LIB

James Elisha Brown

Liberal

Mr. Brown (Brantford):

What progress has been made under the civil defence agreement between the federal government and the province of Ontario to standardize hose couplings in that province?

Topic:   CIVIL DEFENCE, ONTARIO-HOSE COUPLINGS
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May 19, 1955