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Wednesday, 5 September 1945
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Mr Archie Cameron n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   Whatrates of subsidy per yard are being paid on goods made wholly or in part of rayon?

2.   What was the total amount of subsidy so paid for the year 1944-1945?

3.   What is the estimated charge for subsidy for the year 1945-46?

Mr FORDE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following answers : -

1.   The rate of subsidy varies according to the basic cost of the particular line of rayon and its landed cost. The basic costs vary also according to the quality and width of material, with the result that subsidy may vary from a fraction of a penny to several shillings per yard. The average payment on the material thathas been subsidized - not necessarily the whole importations - would be about1s.6d. per yard?

2.   £116,l57.

3.   A satisfactory estimate cannot be given at present, as importation will depend on needs arising from time to time and the amount will vary according to landed costs; it is not anticipated that the amount paid for 1944-45 will be exceeded.

Salmon : Theft from Military Stores.

Mr Harrison n asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that a quantity of salmon delivered to military stores in Sydney cannot be accounted for? Ifso, how many cases are missing, and on what dates were the discrepancies discovered ?

2.   Willhe have inquiries made into allegations that 40 cases of salmon were removed some months ago, and that 40 more cases were removed two months later?

3.   If those facts are asstated, what action has the Army taken to Investigate the discrepancies?

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

1.   Yes. Sixty-eight cases. Between March and June, 1945.

2.   Yes.

3.   Investigations have been made both by Army investigation staff and the civil police, and thirteen persons have been arrested, brought before the civil court and remanded for trial.

Taxation: Outstanding Amounts;

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