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Tuesday, 9 April 1946

Mr McEwen n asked the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture, upon notice -

1.   What is the schedule of wholesale meat ceiling prices applying in Melbourne?

2.   What charges are made per head of stock treated for producers on a weight and grade basis ?

3.   Is any allowance made to producers for the skin and offal value of stock so treated?

4.   What are the charges and conditions in respect to similar stock treated at the Melbourne City Abattoirs on butchers' account?

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

1.   The first and second schedules of Prices Regulation Order No. 2443 show in detail wholesale meat ceiling prices for all classes of meat in Melbourne. Following the terms of settlement reached in Melbourne on the 17th March, 1946, the weight range for ox beef was increased from 050 to 750 lb.

2.   Statement of the charges for the treatment of stock on a weight and grade basis for local trade is attached.

3.   The schedule reveals that the -skin value of sheep and lambs is returned to the producer. As no deduction is made for the treatment cost for beef, the offal and the skin go to the operator.

4.   The City of Melbourne By-law No. 134 makes provision for the slaughter of stock at the Melbourne City Abattoirs by private treaty. The following arc the charges: - Adult cattle, os. Od. per head, which covers, use of slaughtering accommodation, inspection, branding and chilling; calves over 10Q lb., 3s. per head; calves under 100 lb., ls. per head; sheep and lambs, 2 id. per head plus 2d. for chilling; pigs, ls. 3d. per head. The above charges do not include slaughtermen's wages and labour costs paid by the operator. They are, therefore, not comparable with the treatment charges set out on the weight and grade schedule.

Circular to Victorian Meat Operators.

Treatment of Stock on Owners' Account under Weight a.nd Grade Basis.

The Controller of Meat Supplies, Mr. J.. A. Tonkin, announced to-day that, in accordance with the terms of the settlement of the recent meat dispute, producers desirous of having their stock treated under weight and grade conditions may enter into direct negotiations with registered operators or through stock and station agents who would make the necessary arrangements to secure trucks and arrange killing programmes.

Until 30th June or until such later date as may be determined, producers should receive the below mentioned prices per lb. calculated on the basis of net chilled weight delivered freezer door loss treatment rate of 5/8 d. per lb. in the case of all grades of lamb and, in the case of mutton of first, second and third quality, export specification as approved by the Department of Commerce and Agriculture, Jd. per lb.

As regards beef, the return to producers would be the prevailing ceiling price, but in this connexion no' deduction would be made for treatment costs." schedule.

Lamb -

Under 30 lb. -10d. per lb. plus skin value.

Over 30 lb. -9½d. per lb. plus skin value.

Hoggets -

All weights - 7¼d. per lb. plus skin value.

Wethers -

All weights -6¼d. per lb. plus skin value.

Ewes -

All weights - 5d. per lb. plus skin value.

The above rates less treatment charge will apply to the classes of lamb and mutton as set out in the above schedule.

Mutton carcasses which are rejected as being below' third quality standard, 3d. per lb. plus skin value.

Ox and/or Heifer Beef- 401-750 lb., 55s. per 100 lb.

Over 750 lb., 50s. per 100 lb.

Trade Cow Beef - 45s. per 100 lb.

Canner Cow Beef - 31s. 3d. per 100 lb.

Below Canner Standard - 29s. 2d. per 100 lb.

In the ease of beef the above prices are not subject to any deduction for treatment.

It is desired to point out that the railage, if paid by works, will be deducted from the account. sales.

For further information in connexion with the above scheme, full particulars will be marie available on application to the. above address.

W.   E. Dawson

Acting Deputy Controller. 20th March, 1946.

Mr McEwen n asked the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture, upon notice -

1.   What is the schedule of export prices under the British contract?

2.   What charges are deductible when stock are treated direct for producers?

3.   What allowances are to producers in respect of skin and offal of stock so treated ?

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

1.   Schedule of export meat pricqs under the British contract will be supplied to the honorable member. 2 and 3. Statements covering treatment of stock on a weight and grade basis in the various States will also be supplied.

Armed Forces: Australian Forces in Japan : Supply of Uniforms.

On the 3rd April the honorable member for Griffith (Mr. Conelan) asked a question without notice concerning the supply of uniforms to the Australian forces in Japan.

I am informed by the Minister for Supply and Shipping (Mr. Ashley) that the reply to the honorable member's question is, as follows: -

It is not a fact that there has been any lack of co-operation on the part of the Chambers 'of Manufactures in Sydney and Melbourne. The Department of Supply and Shipping, however, has experienced difficulty in satisfying demands for various types of Army clothing. I atn pleased to advise that, as a result of discussions between officers of my department and the manufacturers in New South Wales and Victoria, most of these difficulties have been overcome, and it is confidently anticipated- that a large number of firms' will be in production in the immediate future. The issue of clothing to servicemen is the responsibility of my colleague, the Minister for the Army. Due to the general criticial supply position, the Army had been short of certain sizes of some types of clothing, but action is in hand to rectify this position. Queensland manufacturers, in common with those in other States, will be afforded every opportunity of taking up orders for the garments in question.

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