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DOMINION'S PART

UNRRA OPERATIONS

Appreciation Of New Zealand Clothes Drive f N.Z.P.A. Special Correspondent Rec. 2.30 p.m. LONDON, Aug. 3. At the meeting of the Unrra committee for the P n ar East in London, New Zealand was represented by Mr! R. M. Campbell and Professor A. G-. B. Fisher, both of whom were in the New Zealand team at Unrra's first meeting at Atlantic City two yearsago, while Professor Fisher attended the council meeting at Montreal last year. Mr. Herbert Lehman, DirectorGeneral of Unrra, presented thereport and spoke on Unrra's work in and for the Far East and the Southwest Pacific up to mid July, 1945. He referred to supplies from New Zealand, where arrangements were being mad to procure surplus military clothing, raw wool and other products. The possibility of securing meat and dairy products from Australia and New Zealand had been comprehensively reviewed and it was hoped despite existing commitments and production problems, that limited amounts of these supplies may be provided during 1945 for Unrra programmes in Eastern and SouthEastern Europe.

Mr. Lehman referred with appreciation and hope, to collection in New Zealand of used clothing urgently required for war victims.

Need of Medical Aid Mr. Lehman also spoke of close relations established with the New Zealand Council of Organisations for Relief Service Overseas to promote relief supplies and funds of voluntary relief agencies. This council, is represented during the present committee meetings by Mr. H. G. SilCock. In recruiting personnel for both Europe and the Far East the:greatest needs had been in the medical field and Mr. Lehman referred to the expected arrival in London of six nurses from New Zealand. The council of Unrra is to meet in London on August 7. The Commonwealth Government has lifted the passport ban on five of the eight Australian women appointed to Unrra says a Canberra correspondent. The applications for passports for the remaining three, who are stenographers, will be reconsidered. This is the result of a review of [ the applications promised by the Prime Minister, Mr. Chifley, following considerable agitation in the Commonwealth Parliament. Mr. Chifley announced the policy to be followed with regard to the Australian staffing for Unrra. He said that approval had been given for the Australian personnel most needed by Unrra for service overseas to be permitted to leave Australia and consideration would be given to cases of other personnel.

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DOMINION'S PART, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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DOMINION'S PART Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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