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Wednesday, 26 March 1941

Senator McLEAY - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows : -

1.   The telephone directories were re-arranged as a matter of urgent national necessity in order to reduce the quantity of paper used and to effect savings in the cost of producing the publications. As a result it is anticipated that during 1941 the saving in the consumption of imported newsprint for telephone directory purposes will be in the vicinity of 40 per cent, of the quantity which in normal circumstances would have been used, thus representing a substantial contribution towards the conservation of the Empire's dollar exchange resources. Although entries have been condensed, no information which- is essential to the proper identification of subscribers has been omitted.

2.   The revised style of showing entries is substantially the same as that followed by large telephone administrations abroad, and experience indicates that it does not cause inconvenience to telephone users.

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