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Wednesday, 17 September 1919

Mr GREGORY asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   What: expenditure has been incurred' by the Government, owing to its having secured, an option on the. Blythe. River iron deposits in connexion with (a) option; (b) cost of inspections; (c) other expenditure?

2.   Is it a fact that the experts appointed by. the Government: to. report on this property stated in their report that. " It. is to be. regretted, that, the result ofour examination has been to force us' to the opinion that the property is, at the present, time, of no- economic value. Our. investigations have: shown that(a) the bulk. of the deposit is far too. silicious to be considered as an iron, ore at. the present day; and (b) that the quantity of good ore is. too small to be considered of any economic importance" ?

3.   Does the Government propose: to abandon the option?

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