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Thursday, 4 July 1946

Mr CHIFLEY - The Government fully realizes the difficult position in the United Kingdom because of the shortage of food. While I was abroad, I discussed the matter with the Minister for Food, Sir Ben Smith, and the Secretary for the Dominions, Lord Addison. I promised that I would discuss the subject with the Minister for Commerce and was possible for us to make an additional contribution to Britain, and to Agriculture in order to learn whether it the world generally. Subsequently, requests were made for supplies for China, India and other places. The Minister for Commerce and Agriculture announced that more wheat was being made available for shipment abroad, and we have done everything possible to assist other countries with supplies of wheat. It fre quently happens that when Australia allocates wheat to Great Britain the wheat, is not, in fact, used there. The British authorities have been more than generous to other countries by diverting to them food cargoes originally intended for Britain.

Mr Scully - Great difficulty has been experienced in getting ships to carry food.

Mr CHIFLEY - That is so . In particular, it has been difficult to get shipping space for apples and sugar.

Mr Scully - And for flour, also.

Mr CHIFLEY - I shall have a full statement prepared on the subject, setting forth what has been done, and what it is hoped to do.

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