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Wednesday, 19 March 1941

Senator McBRIDE - The Minister for Commerce has supplied the following answers : -

1.   The Department of the Interior provides regular supplies of fresh apples of good quality to all government boardingestablishments , in Canberra.

2.   No. Apples are procurable in every Australian capital city at less than 2d. each. The Apple and Pear Board has arranged to provide fruit free of charge to the New South Wales Government for distribution to charitable institutions, hospitals, &c. Supplies of fruit to be provided under this scheme are being made available by the board according to requirements.

3.   The over-supply of apples resulting from the cessation of exports will be located mainly in the States of Tasmania and Western Australia and to a less extent in Victoria and South Australia.

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