Hon. Len Marchand (Minister of State (Environment)):
Most ice reconnaissance is flown under a single multi-year contract which remains in force, but flying time will be cut back to the minimum allowed in the contract.
2. The reduction represents approximately (a) 13 per cent of the proposed budget and (b) about 17 per cent in contract flying hours.
3. Likely in the order of 40 hours or 4 per cent of the planned total for the Atlantic areas as compared to 90 hours or 6 per cent of the planned total for the Arctic.
4. There will be no reduction in service output, for most cuts will be made in remote sensor development and in the system documenting where these sensor records were obtained.
Topic: ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic: QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER