asked the Attorney-General how many cases of traders in difficulties owing to the war have been brought before a liabilities adjustment officer and/or the court under the Liabilities (War Time Adjustment) Act, 1941, since the Act was passed; and with what results?
Most of the applicants to liabilities adjustment officers or to courts have been traders. During the period from 1st July, when the Act came into operation, to 31st December, 1941, the number of applications accepted by adjustment officers was 940, of which 223 were subsequently rejected as unsuitable for proceedings under the Act. During this period 64 schemes were approved, 279 protection orders were made, of which 17 were subsequently revoked, and 63 adjustment orders were made. Advice and assistance were given by adjustment officers in 566 cases that were considered unsuitable for proceedings under the Act. Since 31st December, 1941, 56 protection orders and 35 adjustment orders have been made.