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Thursday, 3 April 1941

Senator McBRIDE - The Minister for Commerce has supplied the following answers : -

1.   During the period of heavy supplies the Apple and Vear Marketing Board is endeavouring only to cover costs, but this does not necessarily apply in every instance, as prices must bc regulated according to demand. The basis of the financial aspects of the scheme is that total realizations from sales should cover advances to growers, presentation costs and other expenses.

2.   The board is endeavouring to get as much fruit as possible into consumption, but not necessarily at a loss. The board has been instructed to dispose of the greatest quantity of fruit at the lowest possible prices.

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