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Wednesday, 31 July 1946

Mr CHIFLEY -As the honorable member mentioned, I did say that when the loan negotiations between the United Kingdom and the United States of America were completed, there might be some easing of the dollar position. Quite recently the British Government, upon the completion of the loan arrangements, eased petrol rationing in the United Kingdom. The view of the Commonwealth Government all along has been that we should not ask from the Empire dollar pool more than our due proportion in comparison with what was being used by the United Kingdom. There has been some development as the result of a statement by Mr. Shinwell regarding petrol rationing, and during the last week I have been in communication with the British Government on the matter. I hope to receive further information from the United Kingdom within a few days and in the light of it I may be able to answer the honorable member's question more fully.

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