Mr. Speaker, the Radio Act provides that no one shall be employed as a radio operator unless he is a British subject. By virtue of the Emergency Powers Act the Minister of Transport was authorized to enter into an agreement with the United States government providing that it could establish radio stations in northern Canada and employ operators who were not British subjects. The object of this bill is to amend the Radio Act in order to implement, by way of legislation, that arrangement and also to include certain landed immigrants to be employed as radio operators and who are not yet British subjects.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.
Topic: RADIO ACT
Subtopic: AMENDMENT TO AUTHORIZE EMPLOYMENT OF UNITED STATES PERSONNEL AND IMMIGRANTS AS RADIO OPERATORS
2. This practice was introduced at the end of the second world war during the reorganization of the Canadian armed forces.
3. Not applicable.
4. Until quite recently it has not been considered useful to keep statistics of the numbers of applicants rejected because of previous unsatisfactory military service. However, in January, 1953, the army began to keep such statistics and has so far rejected 649 applicants whose previous service record was considered unsatisfactory.
Topic: SECURITY SCREENINGS
Subtopic: WORLD WAR II RECORDS
1. Does the inspection of receiving stations referred to on page 148 of the 1952-53 annual report of the Department of Transport refer to radio receiving sets? If so, what was the total cost of this inspection?
2. What is the nature of the inspection of amateur experimental stations, and what was the cost of this for 1953?
3. Does any revenue accrue to the government from any radio inspection services? If so, what was the revenue for 1953?
1. Yes. For the purpose of investigating radio interference to private receiving sets and for the obtaining of evidence for prosecution of unlicensed private receiving stations. No breakdown of cost made as this work is carried out coincident with general inspection duties.
2. A technical inspection to assure that stations are operating in accordance with domestic laws and international agreements. No segregation of cost made because duties performed by same staff when on general inspections and interference duties.
3. The fees for licences for radio stations, other than private commercial broadcasting stations and private receiving stations when the latter were collected, were established on the basis of defraying in part the cost of licence issuance and inspection service. Such fees totalled $130,358 for the fiscal year 1952-53.
1. Have any permits to export rayon wood pulp to the U.S.S.R. been approved since January 1 1953?
2 If so (a) to what Canadian firms have such permits been granted; (b) what quantities of wood pulp have been authorized for export to the U.S.S.R.; (c) what is the value of the shipments authorized; (d) is the type of wood pulp to be exported used in the manufacture of textiles or explosives?