CANADIAN FORCES PERSONNEL-RAILWAY RATES
1. Is the government giving consideration to continue negotiations announced to the house last session regarding the reduction of soldier fares by railways and a ceiling for the same for those on weekend leaves from camps while in training in Canada?
2. What has been done in this matter since it was last before the house the past three sessions and what negotiations, if any, have been conducted between the government and the railways since then?
3. Will time be set for the consideration of a bill, No. 6 on the order paper, regarding free soldier fares and railways?
Mr. MACDONALD (Halifax);
1. No consideration is being given at present to negotiating with the railway companies for any further reduction to be met by them over what they are now providing as a concession, i.e.,
(a) Provision of a return ticket for the cost of a single fare any time service personnel are travelling on ordinary leaves, including weekend leaves.
(b) Provision of a return ticket for the cost of a two-thirds of a single fare to service personnel when travelling on annual or embarkation leave; one-third of a single fare is payable by the person travelling up to an amount of 815 and one-third of a single fare is paid by the government, plus the excess of any amount of one-third of a single fare over 815.
2. Arrangements have been made to provide in the case of personnel proceeding on annual or embarkation leave under the arrangements of one-third of a single fare payable by the man, for a ceiling of $15 to be the maximum
cost paid by such personnel; the government absorbing in addition to one-third of a single fare any amount in excess of $15 for the one-third of a single fare which was previously paid by the persons travelling on this concession.
The matter of free transportation at government expense for personnel to their homes and return to district depots when granted disembarkation leave on return lrom overseas is now receiving active consideration.
3. See resolution passed by the house on February 11, 1944, providing for precedence to be given to government notices of motion and government orders until the end of the present session. (Votes and Proceedings No. 12).
The action taken by the house has precluded consideration up to the present of bill No. 6 on the order paper and the question as to when time will be set for its consideration depends on the further action taken by the house.
MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY-PROSECUTIONS AGAINST BEDDING MANUFACTURERS
INCOME TAX, 1942-DEFERRED TAX
SELECTIVE SERVICE-TRANSFER OF FARM WORKERS TO INDUSTRY
OFFICERS SURVEY AND CLASSIFICATION BOARDS
QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
NEUROLOGICAL CENTRE, MONTREAL