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Thursday, 17 November 1938

Mr Clark k asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has his attention been directed to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald of the 9th November,1938, to the effect that cooperative building- societies in Now South Wales have reached a. stage where further development is impossible until additional loan money' is made available, and that several hundreds of prospective members of building societies who desire to build or purchase a home on the co-operative basis arc 'prevented from doing so because of the inability of the proposed new societies to provide finance?

2.   In view of his electionpromise, which, he later said, was a matter for the States to develop, will he consider making an unconditional Commonwealth grant to enable building societies to develop?

Mr Lyons - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   My attention has been drawn to the article referred to.

2.   In view of the . paramount need forexpenditure on defence, and, the increasing obligations in regard . to national insurance, invalid andoldage pensions, &c, the Government regrets that it is impossible to consider making unconditional grants for the purpose indicated by the honorable member.

Glassware Imports.

Mr.Holloway asked the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

Willhe supply the total imports of glassware, including vials and/or fancy bottles and excepting beer bottles, giving quantity and value, for the last five years, under (a.) foreign duties, and (b) British duties?

Mr Perkins s. - The answer to the honorable member's' question is as follows : -

Information as to the quantities of glassware imported is not available. Excluding filled bottles subject to ad valorem duty, the total imports of glassware into the Commonwealth during the last five years were valued as follows: -


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