A ceiling was placed on hay in the western provinces in November of 1943; I think in British Columbia, at the request of the provincial agricultural authorities, because the price was running up too fast.
As to the question of salaries, I can get my hon. friend the break-down which he asks. He will remember, not I think this session but in the last session, questions were asked-one, I know, by the hon. member for Lake Centre-as to the number of officials of the board in certain salary categories. That answer was given; it involved a considerable amount of *work; and I wonder if my hon. friend would be satisfied if I have the officials of the board check to see if there is any substantial variation from that return, which was tabled, I think, towards the latter part of last session. I doubt if there has been; but if he insists on the information, of course we can obtain it.
I will send him a copy, and if he thinks it should be amplified perhaps we might do that.
Now as to the retention of lawyers, a certain number of lawyers are retained on a full-time basis by the board here in Ottawa and in the regional offices. There are regional enforcement counsel. I will get for my hon. friend the number of these lawyers.
And the names, and the salaries which they are paid. As to the local prosecutions, these are handled, as I understand government prosecutions have been handled for a great many years, by counsel retained by the Department of Justice, and I have no doubt that that practice was followed.
And that the number of local regional counsel we have, with the other duties they are required to perform, is simply inadequate to begin to handle these cases, which are scattered through different parts of the country.
Neither have I, but I have noticed that most of the defendants plead guilty, and fines are imposed; in default of paying they go to prison. They come up in batches regularly in the police court at Fredericton. I wonder, if a man had ten cases in the one docket, how much he would be paid for the couple of hours that he spends on that. So much a case?
In reference to grading of poultry, as to which the hon. member for York-Sunbury seems to be so terribly concerned, I wonder whether in the cases he has in mind the producers themselves have not been somewhat at fault. Certainly the officials of the wartime prices and trade board would have nothing to do in the matter of grading, and if control is to be exercised as far as the consumer and the producer are concerned we must have some basis. If we are to have ceiling prices we would naturally have those prices established, or ought to, according to grade. [DOT]