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Wednesday, 18 August 1920

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - On the 30th July the honorable member for Melbourne (Dr. Maloney) asked the following question : -

In view of the fact that the managing director of Robert Harper and Company, in giving evidence before the Fair Profits Commission, as reported in yesterday's papers, states that it takes 120 bushels of oats to produce a ton of oatmeal, and as this varies from other sworn evidence given before the same Commission, will the Minister kindly inform the House - (a) the average weight of oats to produce a ton of oatmeal to make a short ton of 2,000 lbs. weight; (b) the amount of oats to produce a long ton of 2,240 lbs.; (c) what is a fair price for gristing a short ton of oatmeal; (d) what is a fair price for gristing a long ton of oatmeal.

I am now in a position to furnish the following information: -

(a)   and (b). On the average 120 bushels of field oats will produce a long ton (2,240 lbs.) oatmeal. That is, 120 'bushels is the basic weight, but the outturn naturally varies according to grade of sample. The quantity required to produce a short ton (2,000 lbs.) is proportionately less.

(c)   and (d). The actual cost of gristing cannot be stated. It depends on the ratio of the prime cost to sales, and is also governed by establishment charges. An average cost is probably not less than 22} per cent. on sales.

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