asked the Minister for Lands and Fisheries whether applications for land has been received on behalf of some thirty-one small holders in the Rush area, and whether he will state when it is proposed to give these people economic holdings.

The reply to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The Land Commission have under consideration the question of acquiring lands in the district with a view to the relief of congestion.

Can the Parliamentary Secretary give any information as to when it is likely that the land will be acquired to relieve congestion?

I cannot give the information at present as investigations are being made as to what land is suitable for the relief of congestion which admittedly exists.

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that this matter has been under consideration for more than two years, and will he endeavour to expedite the matter?