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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr JOLLY (LILLEY, QUEENSLAND) - On the 20th May, I asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs whether the tea ration granted to persons in internment camps was 2 oz. a week compared with 1 oz. a week for private citizens. The Minister for Trade and Customs supplied the following answers: - 1.T he victualling of internees is a responsibility of the Minister for the Army and tea required for this purpose is included in the Army requisitions for tea supplies. Such tea is not subjected to the system of consumer rationing by registration. 2.I am informed by my colleague, the Minister for the Army, that the question of the quantity of tea provided in the schedule of rations allowed to internees by international agreement is being observed.

I now ask the Minister for the Army whether, in view of the fact that the tea ration for internees was fixed when conditions were normal, it is not now necessary that the ration provided to private citizens and internees should be the same.

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