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Wednesday, 21 July 1920

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   Yes, but the exigencies of the financial situation necessitated the reduction.

2.   No.

3.   Manufacture of barrels for' use by rifle clubs is now in progress at Lithgow, and it is anticipated that supplies will be available within a few weeks.

4.   The Defence Department has no knowledge of what stocks of rifle barrels are held by private firms, nor of the price asked for by such firms for rifle barrels.

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