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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Mr MARWICK (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Did the Minister for Munitions issue an instruction to the Western Oxygen Company that no supplies of gas-welding materials were to be made available for the maintenance of agricultural machinery or any motor vehicle not engaged in an essential industry? If so, will the Minister take immediate steps to declare agriculture an essential industry, in view of its importance in providing food for the fighting forces and the civilian population ?

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