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Wednesday, 26 April 1961


Mr McEWEN - I am afraid that I cannot recount the negotiations in detail, but there have been discussions about the matter, which was raised originally by the New Zealand Government with the United Kingdom Government and later in the forum of Gatt. There has not been a conclusive decision, but I understand that a resolution which purported to provide a guide has been carried. The Australian representative at the meeting of Gatt reserved Australia's position for further study. The situation is that over the critical period the increase in the supplies of butter to the United Kingdom was approximately 13,000 tons. But during that period Australia shipped to the United Kingdom 6,000 tons less than she had shipped in the previous year. So, the situation in the United Kingdom, which has depressed prices, is in no sense attributable to surplus supplies from Australia.







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