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Tuesday, 14 May 1957

Mr Barnard (BASS, TASMANIA) d asked the Minister for Supply, upon notice -

1.   What was the total production of aluminium ingots at the Australian Aluminium Production Commission's Plant at Bell Bay in the year 1954-55 and in 1955-56?

2.   What production is anticipated for the year 1956-57?

3.   How much of this production is now held in stock at the commission's plant at Bell Bay?

4.   Has a proportion of the production from Bell Bay been sold on the overseas markets?

5.   If so, to what countries was it sold, and what is the value of the exports?

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

1.   Year 1954-55, none; year 1955-56, 5,519 long tons.

2.   10,000 long tons.

3.   1.500 long tons.

4.   Yes.

5.   Japan and India, £187,000 approximately.

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