There is just one point to which reference has been made before during the discussion of these estimates, and during the time we were discussing the amendment to the Fisheries Act. It is the question of the use of the ports in Newfoundland by foreign trawlers. I merely wanted to bring this matter to the attention of the minister again. It is important that foreign trawlers, Portuguese and others, be permitted to come in and buy what they want in St. John's. I have a letter here from a reputable person for whom I can vouch, and I should like to quote two paragraphs from it.
The trawler business is of much more value to the economy of St. John's than anyone imagines. I have obtained some figures, and might say, that more than three million dollars is spent in disbursements. The trawlers call here for coal, oil, salt, provisions, and repairs.
In addition to the money spent for the benefit of the ships, the members of the crew all spend a certain amount of money in the stores in St. John's. The captains obtain funds from the agents, and sometimes during a visit of two or three days as much as $3,000 would be spent by one crew.
Then he says:
Included in the sum referred to above was an amount of $145,000 for herring purchased, which was used for bait.
I merely draw this to the minister's attention so he will realize how important it is that foreign trawlers be allowed to come into St. John's, as they always have.
Subtopic: SELECTED STATISTICS ON CANADIAN COAL MINING BASED ON REPORTS BY DOMINION BUREAU OF STATISTICS, DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR AND DOMINION COAL BOARD