Hon. Brooke Claxion (Minister of National Defence):
Mr. Speaker, as hon. members know, Canada supplied the equipment, largely armament and ammunition, for a division to The Netherlands, and this was delivered last December.
Monday night in the house I stated that, arrangements having been completed for replacement by equipment of U.S. pattern, we had indicated to the council deputies under the North Atlantic treaty our willingness to supply the equipment for another division, and we asked advice as to its disposition.
Word was received today that the standing group had recommended that this equipment be delivered to Belgium. I am glad to report that this action was approved by the cabinet this afternoon.
As soon as shipping instructions are received, the equipment will be shipped from the ordnance depot at Longue Pointe, Montreal, where it is ready and in good condition.
By this action we will help to strengthen 'the defences of freedom in western Europe, promote standardization on each side of the Atlantic, and strengthen the ties which already exist between the forces and peoples of Belgium and our own country.
Subtopic: DELIVERY BY CANADA TO BELGIUM