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Thursday, 28 May 1942

Mr HOLT (FAWKNER, VICTORIA) - Has the Minister for War Organization of Industry, or his department, been able to evolve a scheme which will, as far as practicable, give equal opportunities to all sections of the community to secure their clothing needs between now and the time when the rationing scheme will commence? Has his attention been drawn to predictions that, when rationing commences, the stocks in the hands of merchants will be such that the clothing supplies contemplated under the scheme will not be available? Has he any comment to offer regarding those predictions?

Mr DEDMAN - -My department has been watching the situation closely, and it is satisfied, as I am satisfied, that the best thing to do in the circumstances is to allow the restrictions on clothing sales to continue in force as at present. We are gratified to know that stocks of clothing are being built up so that, when rationing, does come into operation, there will be an adequate pool from which to draw. The information, in the possession of my department is that stocks will be adequate.

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