Mr. D. C. ABBOTT (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance):
I could give the explanation now, if it is desired, or it might be better when the estimates covering the wartime prices and trade board are under
consideration. The general position, as my hon. friend .probably knows, is that it was decided that approximately one hundred million pounds of sugar should be made available for canning purposes this year, which was approximately the amount used last year for this purpose. The wartime prices and trade board called for applications from citizens for sugar for canning purposes, and the applications received totalled something over two hundred million pounds, or more than double the available amount. The board then decided to allot to the ration districts into which the country is divided, sugar to the extent of the one hundred million pounds, approximately, that was available; and, as was indicated in the answer given yesterday to which my hon. friend has referred, the allotment to the individual ration areas was on the basis of 11-34 pounds, speaking from memory, for each application received from the district.
In the district to which reference was made in the answer given yesterday a considerable number of applications had been received at the rate of less than ten pounds per person. The sugar was allotted to each ration district on the same basis, and the allocation of the sugar in each district was left to the local ration board. The local ration board, as my hon. friend knows, was made up of citizens from the area covered by the ration district. In respect of the ration district in which the city of Westmount is included, and which comprises not only the city of Westmount but the town of Montreal West, the village of Cote St. Luc and the town of Hampstead, the quota fixed was 11-34 pounds for each person who had filed an application for canning sugar in that area. The same allocation was made to other rationed areas.
The local ration board decided that they would allot to the applicants who had applied for less than ten pounds the amount which was actually applied for. In my own case, for instance, I learned from my wife that for our family of six she had applied for fifty pounds of canning sugar, which is slightly more than eight pounds per head. They allotted to each applicant requiring less than ten pounds the amount actually applied for, which enabled them, out of the quota they had received of 11-34 pounds per applicant, to allot to those who applied for more than ten pounds an additional amount. The maximum which they found they were able to allot in that particular area was thirteen pounds. Then, in addition, over a thousand applications were received late. Those were taken care of without getting any additional quota. That is the position with
respect to that particular ration area. But I think the point my hon. friend had in mind was this, that the allotment to each ration area was on the same basis throughout the country. The basis of distribution was left to the local ration board.