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Friday, 11 March 1932


Mr WHITE asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Hashe seen the press report of a deputation of fruit and berry-growers to the Victorian. Minister for Agriculture, regarding the ravages of thrip, Rutherglen bug and other pests, resulting in heavy losses to growers?

2.   Did the Victorian Minister for Agriculture express a desire to help, and state that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research might assist?

3.   Has the Imperial Institute of Entomology been receiving a grant of £500 annually from the Commonwealth for the service and cooperation of the institute?

4.   Was the grant removed from the Estimates last year?

5.   Did the Empire Marketing Board in 1928 approve of grants totalling approximately £62,500 to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research for work in Australia, on the recommendation of Sir Guy Marshall, director of the Imperial Institute of Entomology?

6.   Will the Minister place the former £500 grant on the next Estimates, and thus see that the valuable help and co-operation of the Imperial Institute of Entomology is not lost?







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