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Wednesday, 26 June 1946

Mr Archie Cameron n asked the Minis- ter for Commerce and Agriculture, upon notice -

1.   How many bushels of (a) wheat, (b) barley, (c) oats and (d) other grain stuffs were imported into the Commonwealth during this financial year?

2.   From what countries were imports made and how much of each grain came from each country?

3.   What was the landed cost of each kind of grain at the Australian port, calculated in Australian currency and including actualexchange paid?

Mr Scully - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows - 1. (a) Wheat; 930,271 bushels; (b) barley, 719,903 bushels; (c) oats, 1,204,840 bushels; (d) sorghum, 322,000 bushels.

2.   The oats were imported from Canada and other grains from the United States of America.

3.   The goods were made available under lendlease and Canadian mutual aid respectively and it is contrary to government policy to supply information on prices of goods procured under lend-lease or Canadian mutual aid.

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

By what percentage have the prices of machinery used in the wheat-growing industry increased since the 4th October, 1941?

Mr Scully - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows : -

On the16th February, 1942, 4½ per cent. on . 1941 selling prices. On the 15th February, 1943, 5 per cent. on current prices.

Housing : Pre-fabicated Structures.

Mr Rankin n asked the Minister for Works and Housing, upon notice -

1.   What is the cost of the prefabricated steel house recently developed by the Department of Aircraft Production?

2.   Have any arrangements been made for the mass production of this particular type of house?

3.   If so, when is it proposed to commence?

4.   What is the cost of all-steel houses developed by a private firm in Sydney, and are any figures available regarding the cost of pre-fabrieatcd concrete houses?

5.   Is it intended to make available to country districts of Victoria and other States pre-fabricated steel houses?

Mr Lazzarini - Inquiries are being made and the information will be furnished as soon as possible.

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