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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Senator FRASER - Recently Senator Herbert Hays asked the Minister assisting the Minister for Commerce the following questions : -

1.   What are the terms and conditions under which the Government has undertaken to purchase 0,000 tons of the blue pea crop of 1942-43 harvest in Tasmania?

2.   Does the Government undertake to purchase the balance produced (if any) over and above the 0,000 tons now arranged for; if so, at what price and under what conditions?

3.   Has the Government made any arrangement or agreement for the production of peas in other States; if so, what are the terms and conditions under which these arrangements have been made?

The Minister for Commerce has supplied the following answers : -

1.   The original request for the production of 0,000 tons has been amended to 7,000 tons, which will be purchased by the Department of Supply and Development at the rate of 15s. per bushel, which price has been determined after consultation with the Prices Commissioner and which has relation to the price being paid for the current harvest.

2.   No undertaking has been given, but this should not be construed as indicating that the crop should be restricted to a quantity of 7.000 tons, rather should it be taken that this figure represents the minimum quantity required.

3.   The Department of Supply and Development is endeavouring to make arrangements for the production of blue peas in other States besides Tasmania. These arrangements have not yet been concluded, but the terms will have relation to those proposed for Tasmanian production.

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