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Wednesday, 29 November 1944

Mr ANTHONY - The pages are not numbered, but I shall pass the letter over to the Minister so that he may see the passage to which I am referring.

Dr Evatt - This is a letter dated the 1st December, 1942. It says, "I enclose herewith the following schedules," and certain schedules are attached which give the figures.

Mr ANTHONY - So far as I can see, there is no schedule which discloses the cost of producing aluminium. There is a schedule which shows the costs of establishing a 10,000-ton plant and a 5,000-ton plant, but there is nothing about the cost of producing a ton of aluminium.

Dr Evatt - There is a document about capital costs.

Mr ANTHONY - Yes, but not about working costs. The schedule refers to estimates of the cost of producing alumina, excluding interest on capital, hut no figure' is supplied. That information might be included in some other part of the report which I have not yet had time to read. However, I do not think that it is, and if, as the letter states, that information was included at one time, I want to know why it was excised, if it has been excised.

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