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Wednesday, 20 May 1942

Mr PROWSE (FORREST, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I have received a communication this morning to the effect that, owing to tea rationing, patients in hospitals will be unable to partake of afternoon tea. Will the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs seek to have th<; restrictions made as light as possible in respect of patients in hospitals and similar institutions?

Mr BEASLEY - Yes, I shall bring that matter to the Minister for Trade and Customs; but T am sure that the honorable member appreciates the difficulties with which the Government is confronted in meeting the wishes of the public generally with respect to supplies of tea. This is an imported commodity, but the Minister agrees that it is desirable that tea be made available to those who need it most.

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