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Wednesday, 11 August 1926

Senator NEEDHAM asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Is it not a fact that many business firms refuse to sell their goods to retail grocers unless they sign an agreement not to' sell below a certain fixed price?

2.   In view of the fact that the retail grocers of Western Australia are charging 5½d. per lb. for sugar, will the Minister endeavour to arrange that supplies of sugar at concession rales will only be sold to those who will guarantee that the retail price shall not be more than that fixed by the Federal Government and the Sugar Board, and that supplies be withheld from those who will not so guarantee?

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW - The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following replies: -

1.   Yes.

2.   The honorable senator's proposals will be immediately brought under the notice of the Queensland Sugar Board, and I will endeavour to arrange that grocers who sell sugar to the public at 4½d. per lb. for cash shall be supplied with sugar at the former concession rates.

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