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Thursday, 6 May 1920

Mr POYNTON - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   £120,920. This covers all expenditure since the financial year 1912-13 in salaries and wages, purchase of plant, purchase of steamer, surveys, and clearing, bore sinking, and general maintenance. At the last stock-taking in Juno, 1918, the realizable assets were valued at £24,500,

2.   There are nineteen white employees whose salaries and wages total £7,924 per annum. Natives are employed as required, the average being about 200. Their wages average £6 per annum, with keep - approximately an average annual expenditure of £4,800.

I may add that under the new agreement these men are now in the pay of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.

Mr Tudor - The "proposed" agreement.

Mr POYNTON - No, the agreement which is now in force, commencing from the beginning of this month. I hope to be able to place it on the table.

Mr Blakeley - This is the first intimation to the House of any agreement being in operation.

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