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Tuesday, 27 September 1949

Mr Hamilton n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

1.   What was the total quantity of steel imported into Australia during the past twelve months ?

2.   From what countries was the steel imported ?

3.   What was the quantity involved in each instance?

4.   What was the value (a) a ton, and (2>) of the total importations in each instance?

5.   What would be the corresponding cost of Australia steel?

6.   What was the percentage decrease in Australian production of steel in the past twelve months compared with the preceding year?

Mr Pollard - The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following information : -

1.   Total quantity of steel imported during the past twelve months in unwrought shapes, viz.: - Ingots, bars, rods, plates, sheets, &c, was -


2, 3 and 4. See tables below showing details in respect of various shapes of steel included in No. 1 above.

5.   Import values are not recorded according to qualities of steel, therefore corresponding costs of Australian steels cannot be quoted.

6.   The preliminary estimated decrease in production during the year 1948-49, compared with 1947-48, is 13.3 per cent.






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