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Thursday, 16 April 1914

Senator READY asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has the Prime Minister had a consultation with the High Commissioner (Sir George Reid) with reference to the inquiry asked for by the Federal Fruit Commission to investigate the many grave statements made in evidence as to the conditions under which Australian fruit is marketed in Great Britain?

2.   Does the Government's refusal to send members of the Fruit Commission to London to make these investigations mean that noinquiry of any kind whatever is to be held on the methods of distribution in Great Britain?

3.   If not, what form does the Government intend that the inquiry should take, and who will be intrusted with its prosecution?

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