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Wednesday, 17 December 1941

Mr Chifley y. - On the 29th October the honorable member for Melbourne (Mr. Calwell) asked the Treasurer the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   Will he furnish a statement showing the number of towns throughout Australia that have one, two, three, four, five, six, seven or more branches of trading banks?

2.   In how many such towns are there branches of the Commonwealth Bank?

3.   Will he investigate the question of compelling the trading banks by a process of amalgamation to reduce unnecessary expenditure and release any surplus man-power for urgent work in Government war-time activities?

The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : - 1 and 2. -


3.   Should the Government deem it necessary to take such steps the honorable member's proposal will be borne in mind.

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