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Thursday, 20 June 1946

Mr Francis s asked the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture, upon notice -

1.   Has his attention been drawn to a report in the Brisbane press of 1st Hay that a food control official had revealed that approximately 2,000,000 tins of salmon and pilchards had been released to the wholesale and retail trades ?

2.   If so, (a) what were the approximate dates on which such release was made; (6) from which storages were they released; (c) what was the quantity of (i) salmon, and (ii) pilchards released to each State?

3.   What procedure was adopted in determining the wholesalers and retailers to whom the commodities were to be released?

4.   To how many (a) wholesalers and (b) retailers were releases made in each State?

Mr Scully - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   No, but it is known that approximately 2,400,000 lb. of tinned salmon, pilchards and American sardines were released from Army stocks. 2. (a) March and April, 1946; (6) Army stores in New South Wales and Victoria; (c) quantities in pounds -

Queensland -


3.   On the advice of the Federal Advisory Panel on Foodstuffs Disposals which was nominated by the various trade organizations, distribution was handled by one primary wholesaler in each State. Further distribution was made to secondary wholesalers, who then supplied the retail trade.

4.   Owing to transport difficulties distribution has not yet been completed and final figures are not known. 1706 Answersto[REPRESENTATIVES.]. Questions.

Primary Production. Contracts with Great Britain.

Mr Rankin n asked the Minister for Commerce and Agriculture, upon, notice -

1.   When were contracts originally entered into with the United Kingdom Government for the purchase of Australia's principal pri- mary products?

2.   What was the actual value of exports to the United Kingdom under these contracts of (a) wool, (b) butter, (c) cheese, (d) eggs, (e) beef and veal, (f) mutton, (g) lamb, (h) pork, (i) sugar, and (j) other commodities, in each year since the contracts were first entered into?

Mr Scully - The information is being obtained and will be furnished to the honorable member as soon as possible.

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