§ The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (Mr. Malcolm MacDonald)
Except in the areas dependent primarly on the shore fisheries there has been a general improvement in economic conditions in Newfoundland during the past summer. In the fishing industry difficulty has been experienced in finding markets for salt fish at remunerative prices, but the 30 paper, logging, mining and other industries show considerable improvement and in some cases their activity is.above the level reached at any previous time. There are many difficulties in the situation still, but the general quickening of economic activity is reflected in the figures of the number of families in receipt of relief which was 11,044 in September, 1936, and 5,791 in September this year. A seasonal increase in the present number on relief must however be expected in the late autumn and winter months.
§ Mr. MacDonald
I think, actually, since the last report, which came out some six months ago, there has been one change in the Commission—the new Finance Commissioner. That change has not taken place since I last answered a question on the matter in this House. I think the hon. Member knows that the arrangement now is that there shall be an annual report, so that in due course the next report will come before the House.
§ Mr. McGovern
Is there any desire on the part of the Government to go back to parliamentary government in Newfoundland and to abolish the financial dictatorship which-now exists?
§ Mr. MacDonald
When the island is once more self-supporting, then the old constitution will be reverted to.