August 8, 1956

STARRED QUESTIONS

VANCOUVER GENERAL HOSPITAL-FEDERAL ALLOCATIONS

LIB

Mr. Goode

Liberal

What is the total amount of federal funds allocated to: (a) construction costs; (b) equipment costs, for the Vancouver general hospital in the last 16 years, and how many more federal dollars are committed?

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   VANCOUVER GENERAL HOSPITAL-FEDERAL ALLOCATIONS
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CIVIL DEFENCE, VANCOUVER DECENTRALIZATION OF HOSPITALS

LIB

Mr. Goode

Liberal

In connection with civil defence planning, will the Minister of National Health and Welfare consider the importance of decentralizing major hospital construction from Vancouver to those areas outside the boundaries of the city of Vancouver?

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CIVIL DEFENCE, VANCOUVER DECENTRALIZATION OF HOSPITALS
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VANCOUVER GENERAL HOSPITAL

LIB

Mr. Goode

Liberal

Is it not time to reassess the requests of the government of British Columbia to further enlarge the Vancouver general hospital, having in mind civil defence in British Columbia?

Mr. Robertson, Parliamentary Assistant, for the Minister of National Health and Welfare: Mr. Speaker, questions 64, 65 and 66 all deal with the same subject matter. With your consent, I will answer these three questions at this time.

Question No. 64 reads:

What is the total amount of federal funds allocated to: (a) construction costs; (b) equipment costs, for the Vancouver general hospital in the last 16 years, and how many more federal dollars are committed?

Since the establishment in 1948 of the national health program federal assistance for construction and for the provision of technical and scientific equipment in buildings and services on the grounds of the general hospital, Vancouver, has totalled as follows: (a) for construction costs, payments, $716,456; further commitments, $612,561; (b) for equipment costs, payments, $336,500; further commitments, $25,900.

Question 65 reads:

In connection with civil defence planning, will the Minister of National Health and Welfare consider the importance of decentralizing major hospital construction from Vancouver to those areas outside the boundaries of the city of Vancouver?

The problem of decentralizing hospital construction has received continuous study for many months, and is still under consideration. The damaging effect of high-yield nuclear weapons covers a radius which would make buildings uninhabitable for 15 miles from the explosion centre. Little protection would be afforded by sites on the fringe of cities, although the reduced damage at that distance might enable hospitals to be repaired and reoccupied as opposed to those within five to 10 miles of the centre of the city, which would likely be destroyed.

On the other hand, many staffing and other difficulties affect the practicability of completely rural location. Question No. 66 is as follows:

Is it not time to reassess the requests of the government of British Columbia to further enlarge the Vancouver general hospital, having in mind civil defence in British Columbia?

During the past year the province of British Columbia submitted a project under the national health program in respect of a proposed addition to the Vancouver general hospital. This project was approved by the federal government and assistance was made available in the amount of $609,236 for an addition of 524 beds and related facilities at that hospital. Since that time no further project relating to the Vancouver general hospital has been received from the province of British Columbia. Planning for the size, location and construction of public hospitals is of course the responsibility of the provincial governments concerned.

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   VANCOUVER GENERAL HOSPITAL
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

ADVERTISING

FEDERAL COSTS

LIB

Mr. Smith (Battle River-

Liberal

Camrose):

1. What was the cost of the Department of Public Works' legal advertisements carried in the July 27, 1956 issue of the Mannville Mirrorl

2. In what other weekly newspapers in central eastern Alberta were these advertisements inserted?

3. How much has the Mannville Mirror received from the Department of Public Works for advertising for the years 1953, 1954, 1955 and 1956 up to June 30?

4. How many tenders have been received from the Mannville district during the abovementioned years as a result of these advertisements?

5. How much did the following newspapers receive from the Department of Public Works for advertising during the abovementioned years:

Orders for Returns

the Camrose Canadian, the Vegreville Observer, the Wainwright Star Chronicle, the Viking News, the Lloydminster Times, the Surrey Leader and the Medicine Hat News'!

Mr. Bourgel, Parliamentary Assistant, for the Minister of Public Works: Mr. Speaker, we are still waiting for a reply from our district office and in the meantime I would ask that this question be made an order for return. As soon as the information is received it will be tabled.

Topic:   ADVERTISING
Subtopic:   FEDERAL COSTS
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BRANDON EXPERIMENTAL FARM

ENTOMOLOGICAL

PC

Mr. Dinsdale

Progressive Conservative

1. Have steps been taken by the government to establish an entomological laboratory at the Brandon experimental farm? If so, when?

2. Have any funds been appropriated for this purpose? If so, what amount?

3. What will be the nature of the work carried out in this laboratory if and when it is completed?

4. What progress is being made on the science service building at the University of Manitoba?

Mr. McCubbin, Parliamentary Assistant, for the Minister of Agriculture: Mr. Speaker, I have not the answer to this question and would ask that it be made an order for return which will be tabled as soon as possible.

Topic:   BRANDON EXPERIMENTAL FARM
Subtopic:   ENTOMOLOGICAL
Sub-subtopic:   LABORATORY
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CROWSNEST PASS FREIGHT RATES

CCF

Mr. Argue

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

1. Has the government or any department or agency thereof received any requests from the railway companies or other companies or individuals for an increase in the Crowsnest pass rates on grain?

2. If so, from whom and of what nature?

Topic:   CROWSNEST PASS FREIGHT RATES
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CIVIL SERVICE ACT

EXEMPTIONS

CCF

Mr. Herridge

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

What number of persons have obtained employment in the civil service of Canada by virtue of exemptions from the terms of the Civil Service Act, by years since 1940?

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT
Subtopic:   EXEMPTIONS
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CENTRAL MORTGAGE AND HOUSING

August 8, 1956