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Thursday, 18 July 1946

10-18 O'Connell-street,

Sydney, 4th March, 1946

Circulartomillersno. H.8/46.

Dear Sirs,

With reference to Circular H.4./46 we have now to advise that the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture has made available 50,000 bushels of wheat for the manufacture of dog biscuits from 1st March to the end of the present ration period.

The price of the wheat will be 4s.11d. per bushel Sydney bulk basis and is not to be confused with the allocations made for feeding priority livestock.

The wheat will be allotted on a percentage basis of the quantity used by millers for dog biscuit-meal between 1st March and 30th November, 1944. If you 'are interested in this trade, please fill in replies to questions hereunder and return by first mail. As the allocations must be made as quickly as possible replies must reach this office by Friday Sth inst., otherwise they must be excluded.

Yours faithfully, (Sgd.) G. A. Holborow,

State Superintendent

I ask honorable members and members of the public who happen to be listening to this debate to heed this. On the 27th March, I asked the Minister -

What price or prices are at present being charged by the Australian Wheat Board f.o.b. for wheat for export, or for the manufacture of flour for' export, bagged basis ?

The reply was - 10s. 4|d. per bushel trucks port basis.

According to the circular issued under the instructions of the Minister, wheat was to be sold for the manufacture of dog biscuits at 4s. lid. a bushel. That means a loss to the wheat-growers of 5s. of d. on every bushel sold for the purpose. '

Mr Anthony - Was that just before bread was rationed in the United Kingdom? . .

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