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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1710

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   What information has he obtained on the number and percentage of plantation owners in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea who have established trade stores (Hansard. 23rd April 1971, page 2033).

(2)   Can be readily give this information for each district.

Mr Barnes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) The matter referred to is one which falls within the authority of the Assistant Ministerial Member for Local Government in the House of Assembly for Papua New Guinea. The Administrator on the advice of the Assistant Ministerial Member has stated that, while some replies have been received in response to requests for the information, an indication cannot at present be given as to when all the information will be available. Efforts to expedite the provision of the information will continue to be made.

It is not expected that there will be difficulty in giving the information by districts.

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