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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr DEDMAN (Cor io) (Minister for War Organization of Industry) . - The honorable member for Wentworth (Mr. Harrison) complained this morning that he had asked me a series of questions in the House recently and that I had not answered them in a proper manner. The honorable gentleman asked me three questions, without notice. I gave him an answer to one question at the time and advised that I would inquire into the matters raised in his other questions and supply the answers to him later. I did so in the form of a personal letter.. The honorable gentleman seems to think that he was entitled to a reply in the House. I have yet to learn that a question asked of a Minister in the House, without notice, must be answered in the House. It is within the competence of the Minister to answer the question in the manner he chooses. I answered the honorable gentleman's questions by letter. Had he wished to receive a reply in the House he could have placed his questions on the noticepaper, in which case replies would have been furnished in the House and published in Hansard.

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