Tomorrow we shall conclude this debate. Then on Friday we are planning to take first the motion to amend standing order 65 by adding a standing committee on estimates and a standing committee on veterans affairs; then the resolution preceding a bill to amend the Hospital Insurance and Diagnostic Services Act; then second reading of an act to amend the Canada Agricultural Products Standards Act which appears in Votes and Proceedings today; fourth, the resolution preceding a measure to amend the Canadian Farm Loan Act which also appears in Votes and Proceedings today; and finally, the resolution preceding a measure to amend the Department of Transport Act having to do with the appointment of a transport controller. On Monday we are calling a supply motion which would normally take Monday and Tuesday.
1. What is the purchase cost to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation of a radio relay transmitter such as is used at Nakina, Ontario?
2. What is the installation cost of each transmitter?
3. What is the annual service charge paid the Canadian National Telegraphs and the Canadian Pacific Telegraphs for each transmitter?
4. How many such transmitters were in action on May 1, 1958?
5. How many carried trans-Canada network programs?
6. How many new transmitters have been opened since May, 1957?
7. How many communities have been established by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as potential possessors of such radio relay services?
8. What are the communities?
Answer by: Hon. George C. Nowlan (Minister
of National Revenue):
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation advises:
1. Costs of such low power relay transmitters range from $800 to $1,300. '
2. Installation costs of such transmitters vary considerably, depending on location, from about $3,500 to about $6,500.
3. The amount paid to the railway telegraph companies depends on additional air line miles of remeasured networks and any construction costs involved to the companies. Charges for existing stations have varied from approximately $1,200 per annum to about $10,000 per annum.
7 and 8. In the view of the corporation any community not receiving any Canadian radio service is a potential location for such stations. In making any decisions on any installations within the financial resources which may be available to it, the corporation has to consider a number of factors including the cost per home served, the availability of frequencies since there are not enough for all communities, distance to nearest wire line network repeater point, need for new wire line constructions, and level of annual charges to be incurred.