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Wednesday, 2 June 1915


Mr TUDOR - Last week the honorable member for Cook asked me to inquire what quantity of butter is held in store in Sydney, and, in reply to his question, I have been furnished with the following information. The Collector of Customs, New South Wales, reports -

S.S.O., dairy exports, reports that on 22nd inst., 3,098 boxes in store. Of this quantity about 1,200 were from New Zealand, being either held in bond or awaiting transhipment. The balance is held by pastrycooks, grocers, and others. The S.S.O. states that there are no means of personally verifying these figures, as there is no power to examine 6tores other than at appointed places. There is no butter at present stored at appointed places awaiting export.

The State Supervising Officer in New South Wales was asked, on the 29th ultimo, if it was certain that there was none stored in the various factories' own refrigerators; and he replied, on the 31st, that the information at his disposal indicated that there was no butter stored in New South Wales factories. The Collector of Customs, Queensland, in reply to a question as to the quantity of butter stored in Queensland, stated that there were 5,768 boxes held in cold stores and by wholesale houses on 28th May. If the honorable member will give me facts thatwill enable me to prosecute the inquiries further, I shall endeavour to ascertain what butter is being held, and whether the public is being compelled to pay more for its supplies than it should pay.







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