May 19, 1952 (21st Parliament, 6th Session)

LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Claxton:

This item which appears under national defence is entirely for recruiting publicity, which comes under the heading, "Films, displays, advertising and other informational publicity", set out as column 10. The total for all government departments is $10,461,641. Then there is the heading of "Publication of departmental reports and other material", set out as column 9. Here there are over forty items listed for all departments, totalling $6,987,136, and the item for national defence is $2,485,900. It is, as the leader of the opposition has said, in addition to salaries and pay.
Now, sir, the leader of the opposition has made another charge that the need for this inquiry by a royal commission is indicated by the time it takes to get information from the Department of National Defence and the armed forces. We are not performing miracles in the department but I follow the questions on the order paper very carefully, and I venture to say that, having regard to the
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Military Establishments-Fires and Thefts number of questions, their nature and the size of the operation, answers are given about as promptly as one could expect. As for information requested before the parliamentary committee, I ask hon. members who sit on that committee what information they have been refused, and what delays there have been in making the information available. I have read the proceedings of the committee, and I have seen a number of charges about not getting information. But when the charges are made-

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   THEFT AND FIRES IN MILITARY ESTABLISHMENTS -AMENDMENT, MR. DREW
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