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Wednesday, 17 December 1941

Mr Calwell l asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   How many days has (a) the House of Representatives and (b) the Senate met during 1941?

2.   What were the two longest periods of adjournments in respect of each House of the Parliament since the Parliament first met in November, 1940?

Mr Curtin - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   House of Representatives, 50; Senate, 38.

2.   House of Representatives - From the 14th December, 1940, to the 11th March, 1941. inclusive, and from the 4th April, 1941, to the 27th May, 1941, inclusive. Senate - From the 14th December, 1940, to the11th March, 1941, inclusive, and from the 4th April, 1941, to the 28th May, 1941, inclusive.

Metropolitan Press : Profits and Prices.

Mr Curtin n. - On the 19th November, the honorable member for Wentworth (Mr. Harrison) asked me the following questions, without notice: -

Has the Prime Minister yet received a report from the Prices Commissioner following upon that officer's investigation into metropolitan press profits and prices? If so, will the report be made available to honorable members?

I desire to inform the honorable member that investigations into the finances of newspaper companies following upon adjustment of prices and advertising rates made after the introduction of newsprint rationing on the 1st July last, have been proceeding. The Prices Commissioner has taken the period of three months which ended on the 30th September for the purposes of his review. The investigation is still in progress. The investigations of the Prices Commissioner are carried out under conditions of secrecy, and it will not be possible, therefore, to table his report. If possible, however, the general results of the inquiry will be made available to honorable members.

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