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Thursday, 28 May 1942

The following answers to questions were circulated: -

Retired Coal-miners.

Tea Rationing : Internees.

Mr. Beasley.On the 20th May, 1942, the honorable member for Lilley (Mr. Jolly) asked the following question, without notice: -

Has the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs yet received a reply to the question I asked on the 29th April last as to whether the tea ration granted to persons in internment camps is 2 oz. a week as compared with 1 oz. a weekfor private citizens generally?

The Minister for Trade and Customs has now supplied the following answers : -

1.   The 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 examined.

Copper Supplies.

News Broadcasts.

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