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Thursday, 28 May 1942

Mr Guy y asked the Minister for Supply and Development, upon notice -

1.   What was the total acreage sown tor (lax in Tasmania for the 1941-42 season?

2.   What was the number of registered growers ?

3.   What was the total yield of flax straw?

4.   What was the total value of the crop to the growers?

5.   How- many growers had their crops assessed as (a) 27 inches and upwards in length (standard), (6) 21 to 26 inches, and (o) 20 inches and under?

6.   What was the average return per acre for crops in each of those three classes?

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

1.   15,085 acres.

2.   1,445.

3.   10,185 tons.

4.   £98.0G2 4s. 5 and 6. The information U not readily available, and can only lie obtained by a dissection of all growers' accounts. Crops of most growers, too, sell within more than one category, and much detailed investigation is involved. The details, however, are being obtained, and will he furnished to the honorable member at a later date.

Wheat Stored at Fremantle.

Mr Marwick k asked the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

1.   Has he, from time to time, received reports of probable- serious losses from weevil infestation of stored wheat in Fremantle?

2.   If so, did these reports, amongst others, concern the wheat of the season 1939-40 stored in the bulkhead known as C.O.R., Fremantle?

3.   What amount of 1939-40 wheat was stored in this bulkhead?

4.   For what period has this wheat been stored there?

5.   ' In view of the fact that this wheat is now practically cleared out, will he state -

(a)   what percentage of the intake weight has already been out-turned f.a.q.;

(6)   what percentage of the intake weight has been sold to the produce trade on a dockage basis;

(c)   what percentage pf the intake weight has been abstracted in the screening process and afterwards destroyed; and (rf) what is the aggregate gain or loss .per cent.

6.   What is the average 10SS per bushel expressed in fractions of a penny calculated on wheat at 4s. a bushel?

7.   Was any treatment given to this wheat whilst in the bulkhead?

8.   Does lie know of any reason why the out-turn of this, the first standard type bulkhead to be emptied, should not be indicative of the out-turn of other standard type bulkheads at Fremantle

9.   Does the out-turn of this bulkhead appear to warrant the pessimistic statements frequently made about weevil damage at Fremantle?

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

I.   Reports covering the danger of weevil generally in Western Australia have been received.

2.   This wheat was referred to, as well as other wheat stored. 'i and 4. It is not in the public interest that this information should be given. 5. (a) 99.084 per cent.; (6) .283 per cent.; and (o) .144 per cent.; totalling 100.127 per cent, [d) The .127 per cent, represents the aggregate gain on the intake weight.

8.   About .125d. a bushel.

7.   The only treatment given was screening into trucks as out-turned.

8.   It is not possible to express a view as to the out-turn of other bins at Fremantle.

9.   It is not possible to draw a concrete conclusion from the results of this depot as to the out-turn of other bins at Fremantle.

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