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Thursday, 7 November 1946

The following answers to questions were circulated: -

Meat Prices.

Mr.Ryan asked the Minister for

Commerce and Agriculture, upon notice -

1.   How many retail butchers in each State are believed to have broken the prices law in order to obtain a margin of profit ?

2.   How many retail butchers in each State have been prosecuted for proved breaches of the law, and what amounts have been collected in each State in fines and other penalties!

3.   How were the prices fixed before the recent increase, and what margin was allowed for profit ?

4.   What margins of profit for retailers are being allowed under the new prices?

5.   When are the cost of living figures reviewed, and when will the basic wage reflect the higher cost of meat?

6.   Fending revision of the basic wage, what provision, . if any, will be made for wageearners and their families who have to find the higher cost of meat out of their pegged wages?

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