Hon. T. A. CRERAR (Minister of Mines and Resources):
The increase is due in part to the restoration of the salary deduction that was in effect for several years prior to last year, and to the annual statutory salary increases. There is also an increased amount for supplies and materials. In previous years practically all the government drug supplies required in the Northwest Territories were provided through the Indian Affairs branch, but under a rearrangement the Northwest Territories vote is charged with the amount this year. There is also an increased expenditure for provisions for destitute people in the Northwest Territories. Hon. members are familiar with the fur cycles in the Northwest Territories; these cycles come and go, and last year and this the cycle has been at a very low point; consequently the revenue derived by individuals from trapping has been reduced and more cases have required assistance from the administration. These are the main increases. There is also a small increase for hospitalization and an increase to restore fire fighting and other equipment at Fort Smith and Wood Buffalo park. Fort Smith is the administrative headquarters of the Mackenzie district.