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Tuesday, 7 May 1957

Mr Bryant t asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice -

1.   When and for what reasons was governmenttogovernment trading in eggs abandoned between the United Kingdom and Australia?

2.   What advantages are considered to have accrued to Australian poultry farmers as a result?

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

1.   Government-to-government trading in eggs between the United Kingdom and Australia ceased on 30th June, 1954, when the United Kingdom Government decided to return the egg import business to private enterprise.

2.   It is impossible to assess what advantages, or disadvantages, have accrued to the Australian Egg Industry as a result of the cessation of government-to-government trading between the United Kingdom and Australia because of continually changing circumstances.

War Service Homes.

Mfr. Daly asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development, upon notice -

1.   What number of applications for war service homes is outstanding in each State and in Australia?

2.   What is the waiting time for applicants before finance is available?

Mr Roberton (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) n. - The Minister for National Development has supplied the following answers to the honorable member's questions: -

1.   The number of applications outstanding at 31st March, 1957, not including those in which the applicant's turn has been reached in which action is in process, is as follows: -


Note. - Experience has shown that due to withdrawals by applicants and refusals, not more than 60 per cent, of these become effective.

2.   The average waiting period is fifteen months.

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