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Wednesday, 16 September 1942

Mr PERKINS - Has .the Minister for "War Organization of Industry taken into account, in connexion with his plan for the rationalization of banking, the fact that most country branches of banking companies are conducted by managers who served in the last war, and that the personnel consists mainly of men who could not pass the examination for military service, or girls who are not liable to be called up? In such circumstances, does he still intend to insist upon the closing of certain branches of banks in country towns?

Mr DEDMAN - The aspect mentioned by the honorable member, in conjunction with many other aspects, was taken into consideration in the preparation of plans for .the rationalization of banking.

Mr ROSEVEAR - I ask the honorable gentleman whether other private industry has been rationalized without regard to employment in it of returned soldiers or women? If it be good enough for them, why should it not be good enough for the private banks also?

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