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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr Abbott t asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice -

1.   Will he furnish the House with a statement showing the tonnages of (a) steel, (b) rod, (c) plates, (d) bars, and (e) other steel products held at the works of Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited and Australian Iron and Steel Limited awaiting transport?

2.   What are the tonnages of steel sheets, galvanized iron and corrugated sheet held at John Lysaghts Company's works at Newcastle and Kembla awaiting transport?

3.   What are the tonnages of wire, galvanized and black, and steel fencing posts held at Rylands Limited, Newcastle, and Lysaghts Brothers. Limited, Sydney, awaiting transport?

4.   What are the tonnages ofpiping and bore casings held at Stewart and Lloyds, Newcastle, awaiting, transport? 5; Is it a fact that these commodities cannot be transported because of the lack of rail facilities due to shortages of coal?

Mr Ward - As it would appear from question '5 of the honorable members series of questions that he is under the impression that the Commonwealth has some responsibility for providing- rail transport to meet the requirements of New South Wales industries,. I should like to inform him that the State of New South Wales is wholly responsible for the operation of its own railways, and any information he desires in the matter should be sought from that quarter.-

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