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Wednesday, 19 May 1920


Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Assistant Minister for Defence) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   In January, 1919, the general manager of the Arsenal was instructed by the Minister for Defence to conduct inquiries into the raw material position, and the manufacture of articles in Australia for aircraft production. The officer temporarily engaged to conduct the inquiry has completed the report, and left the service of the Department.

2.   The report has been carefully considered by the Minister and the officers of the air services. General Legge conferred with the general manager of the Arsenal and the inquiry officer,.

3.   The report is in the technical records of the Department. It is largely a selection of printed Britishspecifications, with relative notes on the abilityof Australian industry to meet them. It is not intended to print the report; but there is no objection to it being seen by any member interested in the subject.

4.   Mr.F. T. Small, an Australian munition worker, who served with the Aircraft Production Department in London for one year and eight months. He reported in Melbourne for duty on 24th March, 1919, and left the service of the Department on 1st May, 1920.

5.   Mr. Smallhas completed the task for which he was engaged by the Department.







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