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Wednesday, 11 November 1959

Mr McEWEN - Recently, due to the drought conditions in Europe, there has been a shortage of butter in the United Kingdom and in other European markets - a shortage which Australia and New Zealand have not been able to overtake. The Australian Government was consulted by the United Kingdom Government and by the Government of Canada about the proposed sale from Canadian stocks of butter to the United Kingdom. It was agreed by the Australian Government - and I am informed that the Australian Dairy Produce Board concurred - that in these circumstances there would be no objection to the sale from Canadian reserves of 4,500 tons of butter to the United Kingdom. This will not act to the detriment of Australia or of other traditional suppliers to the United Kingdom, having regard to all the circumstances that exist.

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