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Wednesday, 3 April 1946

Mr Fadden n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Supply and Shipping, upon notice -

1.   What was the net amount in cash received by the Commonwealth Government in respect of the disposal of each of the following items declared by the Department of the Army to the Disposals Commission as at 1st September, 1945, and referred to in Australian Military Forces Army Activities Bulletin No. 1, issued under the name of the Minister for the Army: - (a) 13,600 motor tyres, (b) 363 sets of harness and saddlery, (c) 51 tons of horseshoes, (d) 55,000 civilian suits, (e) 190,000 pairs of gauntlets, (f) 22,000 pairs of women's shoes, (g) 22,000 civilian hats, and (h) 190,000 torch batteries?

2.   Were these items sold (a) by auction or (b) by private treaty, and, in either ease, (a) in bulk or (b) in separate lots?

3.   If sold in bulk, what was (a) the largest quantity of each item above sold to an individual purchaser, and (b) the name of such purchaser and the amount received from such sale?

4.   In the case of motor tyres, harness, saddlery and horseshoes, what steps, if any, were taken to ensure that a proportion reached small country purchasers?

Mr Dedman - The Minister for Supply and Shipping has supplied the following answer : -

The question asked by the right honorable member for Darling Downs covers a considerable amount of detail and I am by no means certain it will be possible to give him the information in the form he desires. However, I will have the matter looked into and will let him know theresult as early as possible.

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