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Thursday, 30 April 1942

Mr JAMES - Will the Minister for Munitions inform me whether, some time ago, he authorized an honorable senator to visit the coal-fields to make a report upon lathes at collieries and in motor garages which were not being used to full capacity and which might be valuable for war work? Has the honorable gentleman received reports on the subject from the honorable senator, and also from myself and others, including Mr. George Ryder, of Rover Motor Limited? Did Mr. Ryder's report indicate that eighteen lathes were available which could be assembled under one roof? These lathes are at present in various collieries and garages and are in operation for only three or four hours in each 24 hours. Did Mr. Ryder offer his services on a voluntary basis, for the purpose of assembling the lathes under one roof? In view of out urgent need of munitions, does the Minister intend to take any steps to bring this unused plant into operation ?

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