April 5, 1950

CCF

Mr. Noseworthy:

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

1. Was the new electronic tube known as B.A.T. developed under the direction of the national research council?

2. If so, is this tube now being manufactured, and by whom?

3. Who controls the patent?

4. What is the manufacturing cost per tube?

5. What is the selling price per tube?

6. Are manufacturing rights available to companies other than the present manufacturer?

7. Are royalties being paid? If so, to whom?

8. What royalties, if any, are being paid to the national research council?

Topic:   NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
Subtopic:   DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ELECTRONIC TUBE
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LIB

Mr. Howe: (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

1. The binary adder tube was developed under joint sponsorship of the national research council and the defence research board, at the computation centre, university of Toronto.

2. No. It is still in the development stage.

3. The Canadian Patents and Development Ltd., a crown company.

4. Unknown as yet.

5. Unknown as yet.

6. Tube not yet developed to manufacturing stage.

7. See answer to No. 6. Licensing agreement under negotiation.

8. See answer to Nos. 6 and 7.

Topic:   NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
Subtopic:   DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ELECTRONIC TUBE
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SC

Mr. Johnston:

Social Credit

1. What was the total production of coal in Canada during the years 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1949?

2. How much of this total production was "produced in eastern Canada and how much in western Canada, during the years indicated?

3. How many tons of coal have been imported into Canada from the United States, during the years 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1949?

4. What was the total number of men engaged in the coal industry in western Canada, during these years?

5. What is the rate of subvention paid per ton on western coal shipped to eastern Canada?

Topic:   NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
Subtopic:   DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ELECTRONIC TUBE
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LIB

Mr. Howe: (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

1. Production of Coal in Canada:

Tons

1945 16,506,713

1946 17,811,747

1947 15,868,866

1948 18,449,689

1949 19,109,747

2. Production of coal in eastern Canada and in western Canada:

Eastern Canada Western Canada (tons)

1945

5,473,799 11,032,9141946

5,823,523 11,988,2241947

4,463,390 11,405,4761948

6,952,927 11,496,5621949

6,716,901 12,392,8463. Imports of coal from United States:Anthracite Bituminous Lignite

(tons of 2,000 pounds)

1945 . . 3,384,357 21,648,344 4671946 . . 4,529,891 21,474,956 1721947 . . 4,230,022 24,608,522 1731948 . . 5,082,483 25,614,233 14,6321949 . . 3,618,490 18,228,699 16,5474. Number of employees in the coal mining industry in western Canada:1945

11,4451946

11,4421947

11,5311948

11,0151949

11,4155. The rates of subvention payable on western coal shipped to Ontario and Quebec are fixed by order in council P.C. 3538 of August 25, 1948 in respect of coal mined in Alberta and the Crowsnest pass area of British Columbia and by order in council P.C. 3539 of August 25, 1948 in respect of coal mined in Saskatchewan. .

The following respective average rates per ton were paid during the calendar year 1949 by way of subvention for coal shipped to Ontario and Quebec from each of the following provinces:

Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia $0.68 $2.17 $1.70

Topic:   NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
Subtopic:   DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ELECTRONIC TUBE
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HEALTH INSURANCE STUDIES

CCF

Mr. Knowles: (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

1. What phase or phases of health insurance were studied, during each of the years noted, by each employee of the Department of National Health and Welfare reported on March 16, 1950, as having worked on health insurance studies, during the fiscal years ending in 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950?

2. Which of the employees noted, during each of the above years, did health insurance studies work that was primarily work in connection with the administration of health grants?

3. Which of the employees noted, during each of the above years, did health insurance studies work that was primarily a study of health insurance itself, with particular reference to the possibility of the same being inaugurated in Canada?

4. Which of the employees noted, during each of the above years, did research work on other phases of social security, including old age pensions, and also on the possibility of inaugurating in Canada a program of over-all social security?

Topic:   HEALTH INSURANCE STUDIES
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Mr, Martin:

1. It is not possible to state in exact detail the various aspects of health insurance which have been assigned for study to each employee of the Department of National Health and Welfare during the years 1946-50. This study of health insurance in all its phases is carried on as a joint undertaking involving many employees of the department generally, and in particular members of the research division and the division of health insurance studies. No one employee of the department carries on his work in complete isolation from the others.

2 and 3. Prior to May 14, 1948-none. Since May 14, 1948, certain of the employees in the health insurance studies division and elsewhere in the department have devoted considerable portions of their time to work connected with the administration of the national health program, which, as stated by the former prime minister on May 14, 1948, is considered "a fundamental prerequisite to health insurance". All the work that has been undertaken, whether related to the administration of health grants or not, has particular reference to the possibility of health insurance being inaugurated in Canada.

4. See answers given to questions asked by Mr. Knowles on March 16 relating to old age security.

Topic:   HEALTH INSURANCE STUDIES
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RAILWAY MILEAGE IN PRAIRIE PROVINCES

LIB

Pierre Gauthier

Liberal

Mr. Gauthier (Portneuf):

What Is the railway mileage in (a) Manitoba; (b) Saskatchewan; (c) Alberta?

Topic:   RAILWAY MILEAGE IN PRAIRIE PROVINCES
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Howe:

Single track mileage, end of 1948: Manitoba, 4,835-6 miles; Saskatchewan, 8,738-3 miles; Alberta, 5,643-2 miles.

Topic:   RAILWAY MILEAGE IN PRAIRIE PROVINCES
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MONTAGUE, P.E.I., POST OFFICE BUILDING

LIB

Thomas Joseph Kickham

Liberal

Mr. Kickham:

What steps have been or are being taken to erect a post office building at Montague, Prince Edward Island, this year?

Topic:   MONTAGUE, P.E.I., POST OFFICE BUILDING
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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

No steps have been or are being taken to erect a public building at Montague, P.E.I.

Topic:   MONTAGUE, P.E.I., POST OFFICE BUILDING
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HEALTH GRANTS

CONSTRUCTION OF HOSPITALS

LIB

Mr. Matthews:

Liberal

1. What is the total number since the national health grants program started, by provinces, of

Questions

new general hospitals toward the construction of which financial assistance has been or is being given by the federal government under the hospital construction grant?

2. What is the total bed capacity, by provinces, of such hospitals?

3. What population, by provinces, will be served by these hospitals?

Topic:   HEALTH GRANTS
Subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION OF HOSPITALS
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LIB

Mr. Martin: (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

1. Number of general hospitals: Prince Edward Island, 1; Nova Scotia, 10; New Brunswick, 2; Quebec, 17; Ontario, 28; Manitoba, 22; Saskatchewan, 31; Alberta, 4; British Columbia, 4. Total, 119.

2. Total bed capacity: Prince Edward

Island, 6; Nova Scotia, 415; New Brunswick, 11; Quebec, 1,762; Ontario, 1,623; Manitoba, 304; Saskatchewan, 593; Alberta, 114; British Columbia, 235. Total, 5,063.

3. Estimated population served: Prince

Edward Island, 4,000; Nova Scotia, 115,725; New Brunswick, 8,000; Quebec, 1,055,910; Ontario, 1,590,843; Manitoba, 109,000; Saskatchewan, 184,792; Alberta, 18,265; British Columbia, 56,500. Total, 3,143,035.

Topic:   HEALTH GRANTS
Subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION OF HOSPITALS
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HEALTH GRANTS

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

LIB

James Hendrick Rooney

Liberal

Mr. Rooney:

With the federal assistance provided under the professional training grant or other grants in the national health grants program, how many persons, by categories, have been or are receiving training

since the program started?

Topic:   HEALTH GRANTS
Subtopic:   PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
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April 5, 1950