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Friday, 11 March 1932

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

1.   I have seen the press report referred to.

2.   The press report indicates that the AssistantMinister for Agriculture of Victoria suggested that the assistance of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research might be sought in connexion with methods for combating various pests which affect the fruit-growing industry.

3.   A contribution of £500 per annum was paid to the Imperial Institute of Entomology up to and including 1930-31. On the grounds of financial stringency, payment of the contribution was suspended during 1931-32.

4.   See reply to 3.

5.   The Empire Marketing Board, during 1928, approved of grants to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research totalling £62,052, spread over a period of five years. The entomological authorities consulted by the board as to the wisdom of these grants are not fully known, but presumably, Sir Guy Marshall would have been consulted.

6.   Notwithstanding the suspension of the contribution, it is gratifying to note that the Imperial Institute of Entomology has continued to co-operate with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Consideration is at present being given to the question of the resumption of the contribution.

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