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Friday, 8 May 1942


Mr Guy y asked the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

1.   Anticipating the acquisition of the whole of the Tasmanian blue pea crop for next season, will he assure the House that payment for such peas will be at the rate of 15s. a bushel, and bo available and made in full on delivery by the grower to the authorized storage places?

2.   Will the blue peas grown in all States next season bo acquired by the Government under the same conditions as apply to this season's Tasmanian crop?


Mr Scully - This matter will be decided by the Government after consideration of all factors involved.


Mr Guy y asked the Minister for Commerce, upon notice -

Does the following statement appearing in the Tasmanian press of the 1st April properly present the position : - " The Department of Commerce would take the whole of the blue pea crop from Tasmania next year, whether it bo6,000 tons or more, at not less than 15s. a bushel delivered into store. Senator Aylett said yesterday that he had been given this assurance by the Minister for Commerce (Mr. Scully) before he left Canberra".


Mr Scully - The Department of Commerce has not given any undertaking to take any blue peas from Tasmania next year. It is understood that the Department of Supply and Development has contracted with certain growers in Tasmania for the supply of 6,000 tons of blue peas at a price of not less than 15s. a bushel delivered into store.







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