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Friday, 29 March 1946

Mr HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Can the Prime Minister give the House an assurance that the questions now on the noticepaper will be answered almost immediately? There are 41 in all, and only three of them appear to-day for the first time. Some of them have been on the notice-paper for weeks, and honorable members are desirous of securing the information sought before the House rises for the Easter recess. Will answers be furnished in sufficient time before the adjournment to allow members to criticize Government, administration in respect of matters with which the questions deal?

Mr.CHIFLEY. - I regret that some of the questions have been on the notice-paper for some time. I discussed the matter before entering the chamber this morning, and asked that steps be taken to expedite the replies to all of the questions. Of course, it is not easy at times to collate all of the information desired. It has to be obtained from different sources, and frequently the officers called upon to furnish it are particularly busy, but I have given instructions that every effort must be made to complete the answers as quickly as possible.

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