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Thursday, 4 April 1946

Mr SCULLY - During the war, quantities of tinned meats were released for sale to the Australian public.

Mr Watkins - I had in mind surplus A rmy stores.

Mr SCULLY - A substantial quantity of surplus Army stores was offered to the British Ministry of Food, but the United Kingdom desired only certain packs. The result was that a substantial quantity of tinned meats was left on the hands of the Commonwealth Government, and was handed to the Comm onwealth Disposals Commission. The Government also offered a quantity of these packs to Unrra, which refused them. That they were packs of a better class, and the fact that they were slightly dearer than the usual variety, may have been one of the obstacles to Unrra purchasing them. The Government reexamined the whole position, and the Commonwealth Disposals Commission has offered the canned meat to the United Kingdom. Large quantities of tinned meat, which originally had been refused, have now found their way through various channels to Unrra or Great Britain.

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