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The question of whether an export duty should not be placed upon snch articles of common consumption as butter was broached by the deputation of timber workers when interviewing the Prime Minister on Tuesday says the Wellington correspondent of the ''Press," It was complained that. New Zealand butter was often sold in London for lees than had to be paid for it here.

. In his reply, the Prime Minister said that he could not encourage the idea export duty should be imposed on certain commodities. They had to bd very careful not to reduce the volume of the Dominion's exports, hecause a reduction would mean that less money would be com ing into tbe country, and this would cause the whole community to Puffer. It certainly did appear from the cabled reports that butter was often selling in London at a lees price than it could be purchased for here, but the comparison was not a fair one, in j that the price quoted in London was a wholesale price st which butter was sold by the hundredweight. It was not fair to compare that with the re tail price per pound here, It was true that butter had been too dearhere, especially during last winter but that was caused by tbe failure of supplies at the end of last dairying season, i owing to a drought, and to the export Of SO much butter fat that sufficient was not left in the country to meet local requirements, He was opposed to any combination to put up tbe price of butter or any other article, and if any legislation should be ne ccssary to prevent anything of the ( sort, he would be willing to introduce j and support it.

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PRICE OF BUTTER., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4411, 10 July 1914

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PRICE OF BUTTER. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4411, 10 July 1914

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