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MR. FRASER PLEASED Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. Discussion on New Zealand's future war effort was continued in the House of Representatives yesterday. The Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser, replied to the debate late in the afternoon, and the House then unanimously. carried the resolution reaffirming tne intention of New Zealand to devote all her energies and resources to the prosecution of the war, and to that end making such military contributions as were within the capacity of the Dominion's remaining manpower, having due regard to her responsibility to produce foodstuffs and other materials for Allied forces in the Pacific and, for the jfeople of Britain and Europe. The Housing Improvement Bill, which was circulated among members and local bodies during the recess, was introduced during the afternoon with some minor amendments. . The House adjourned at 4.30 until 2.30 p.m. oh Tuesday.

Members Thanked The weight of unanimity that existed in the House tnado it unnecessary for him to reply at length to the debate on the Dominion's future war effort, said Mr. Eraser. He thanked members for the earnest way in which they had addressed themselves to that very important matter, for the unanimous feeling expressed with regard to the fulfilment of New Zealand's obligations and the maintaining of the country's honour and also for the practical way in which they had arrived at tlie conclusion that New Zealand could keep its pledged word with a reasonable number of men in the Services. There was room for differences of opinion, said Mr. Fraser, not about the text of the resolution, but about the implementing of it. Had the position not been acute in the primary industry there would not have been 5900 single men and 4300 married men held on appeal, but it was agreed that at the moment those men could not all be taken away from the farms. When the shearing season started, freezing works opened, and men were required generally on farms, a serious manpower problem would arise, and telegrams would have to be sent constantly to the Ministry of Shipping so that men overseas would return as soon as possible. He did not want one' man to be kept in the forces unnecessarily.

When there was need to keep the military forces up, the final decision as to Whether a man should be released rested with the Service authorities—the manpower authorities merely recommended releases. Some persons asked why representatives of the forces should not appear before the manpower authorities, as other organisations had to do. The question of whether some other body could not decide such matters finally had to be considered. Mr. Fraser said suggestions that had been made fcr increasing production could not be dismissed lightly. If it were possible to unite in one whole-hearted effort it would be something vastly beneficial, whichever way it was done.

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NO CONTROVERSY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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NO CONTROVERSY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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