1. Ever since the introduction of the price ceiling on December 1, 1941, the wartime prices and trade board has had a programme for the standardization of products, simplification of manufacturing methods and economy in marketing and distribution practices. In
part, this programme has for its objective the curtailment of costs so that the price ceiling can be maintained. As various steps are taken, however, release of man-power becomes effective. The programme is a continuing one and the nature of the man-power and numbers affected cannot be precisely determined.
In addition, through its administrators and industry advisory committees the board has made a survey of the possibilities of more drastic steps in curtailment or elimination of products and services which might be employed to bring about diversions of manpower, or to meet the difficulties of developing shortages of man-power or materials. It is not possible, however, to consider this survey as a "plan" because steps to be taken require to be considered in light of conditions as they exist from time to time.
The wartime prices and trade board issued a statement of administrative principles in this connection which was published in The Canada Gazette of October 21, 1942.
2, 3 and 4. Answered by No. 1.
Subtopic: WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD-RELEASE OF MAN-POWER FROM NON-ESSENTIAL INDUSTRIES