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Friday, 21 June 1946

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

1.   How many vegetable dehydrators were established by the Government?

2.   Where are they located, when was each one put into operation, and what was the cost of construction in each case?

3.   Are these dehydrators at present in operation ?

4.   If so, what is the nature of the work upon which they are engaged?

5.   If any have ceased operation, what hasbeen done with the plant or what use is proposed for it?

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

1.   Thirty-two.


3.   Yes, with exceptions ofBathurst:' Cowra; Wanders. Devenport; Toora Vale; Moray Park; Fruveg, Hectorville; Robson Jaryis, Hectorville: Irymple; Plaistowes. Perth.

4.   Dehydration of vegetables.

5.   In cases of Bathurst and Cowra majority of plant disposed of to operating company.

Others handed over or in process of handing over to Commonwealth Disposals Commission. A number of plants will be taken over by the operating company when government orders cease.

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