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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Mr BEASLEY (WEST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Supply and Development) - There has been some restriction of orders generally, but not of specific orders from the United Kingdom. This became necessary because we lost certain raw materials through enemy action some little time ago.

Mr Archie Cameron - Surely wool was not involved?

Mr BEASLEY - No. Yarn and cotton were lost. Rather than risk a stoppage of manufacturing operations, the Government decided to stagger production so that all factories could remain in operation. We hope that in the meantime additional supplies of yarns and cotton will be received from the source from which the other goods were coming. We also hope to receive some supplies ordered in the United Kingdom. The steps taken by the Government were designed to ensure continuity of production.

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