I agree with the hon. member, but unfortunately the Department of External Affairs has insisted that it should come under the Department of Trade and Commerce, on the theory that we had the personnel who were more familiar with the problems.
He said: Mr. Speaker, tomorrow we shall take up Bill No. 193, an act respecting the New Westminster harbour commissioners; Bill No. 192, an act respecting a line of railway from Terrace to Kitimat, B.C. Then, we shall go into supply to consider the estimates of transport.
Motion agreed to and the house adjourned at 10.55 p.m.
[The following items were passed in committee of supply!:
DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND COMMERCE General administration-
441. Departmental administration, $617,795.
442. Commodities services, including assistance in the develpment of markets and new industry, the procurement of supplies, and contributions as detailed in the estimates, $620,352.
443. Trade commissioner service, including payment of compensation to trade commissioners for damage to and loss of furniture and effects, under terms and conditions approved by the governor in council, $2,329,134.
Supply-Trade and Commerce
444. Information division, including publicity and advertising in Canada and abroad. $177,854.
445. Economics division, including conducting of investigations and reporting upon current economic conditions and outlook (formerly the economic research and forecasting divisions). $157,923.
446. International trade relations division, including investigating and reporting on commercial relations and foreign tariffs and a contribution of $6,300 to the international customs tariffs bureau, $150,156.
447. Exhibitions generally, $253,236.
448. Canadian international trade fair, 1952, including authority to refund from revenue, deposits received for contracts for space (revote $74,500), $538,380.
449. Administration, including administration of the Precious Metals Marking Act, $113,359.
450. Electricity and gas inspection services, including administration of the Electricity and Fluid Exportation Act-operation and maintenance, $599,176.
451. Laboratory-operation and maintenance. $67,814.
452. Weights and measures inspection services- operation and maintenance, $743,803.
Dominion bureau of statistics^
453. Administration, $167,714.
454. Statistics, including contribution of $3,100 to the Inter-American Statistical Institute, $4,088,614.
455. Census of population and agriculture and the 1951 census of distribution, $1,731,366.
Wheat and grain division-
456. Salaries and other expenses, $28,918.
457. To provide for the Canadian government's annual assessment for membership in the international wheat council, $18,500.
Canada Grain Act-
458. Administration, $137,981.
Board of grain commissioners-
459. Operation and maintenance expenses, including inspection, weighing, registration, etc., $2,868,720.
Canadian government elevators-
460. Operation and maintenance expenses, $877,777.
461. Construction of safety devices, and acquisition of new equipment, $11,368.
462. International economic and technical cooperation division, including the administration of the Colombo plan and of certain United Nations co-operation plans, $88,192.