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Following a discussion concerning the difficulties in placing men in milk rounds, the Auckland Metropolitan Milk Council, at a meeting yesterday, agreed to bring the matter to the notice of the Returned Services' Association.

The secretary, Mr. N. R. Chapman, said he had power to accept or decline an offer of a round and milk shop, depending on whether the Rehabilitation Department wished to finance a returned soldier. The Deparment was decidedly interested, but when the position came to be analysed it was an impossible one, he added. The council would have to agree to purchase and arrange for the taking over of the round on a certain date and the owner would have to be paid the stipulated price. It transpired that the formalities necessary before the Department made a loan were lengthy and the council's position would be untenable in accepting the round unless it could get a cast-iron guarantee from the Department. On being consulted the Department regretfully had to say it could not do this and the transaction could not, therefore, be gone on with. Mr. Chapman said the position was very unsatisfactory in placing returned men in rounds, even under the new Act. Under the present Act the council had only six days in which to accept or decline an offer, while under the new Act the period was 14 days, which, under present conditions, would be too short. It had been suggested to the director of the Milk Marketing Division that some course should be taken which would enable the Department to give a quicker decision when the Milk Act came into operation. "The position is becoming quite ludicrous," said Mr. H. P. Burton. "The soldier has to face up to increased prices beyond all reason. Public attention should be called to the whole thing, and prices pegged down somewhere. It amazes me that the Returned Services' Association takes the matter lying down." Mr. R. B. Stonex said it was not "fair to the vendor to tie up his business longer than 14 days. Private enterprise had suffered enough already. The council resolved to report the matter to the R.S.A.

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AIDING SOLDIERS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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AIDING SOLDIERS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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