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Wednesday, 7 July 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, 2, and 3. Yes.

4.   The erection of these two blocks of buildings at Maribyrnong does not commit the Commonwealth to locating all Arsenal factories at Maribyrnong. The two blocks of buildings are being erected to house the Administrative Research and Inspection Staffs for Munitions Supply, and will not involve the country in a larger expenditure than the cost of the erection of the buildings, which is, approximately, £80,000, and the maintenance of nucleus staffs. The experience gained in the late war makes it imperative to strengthen this side of our Defence activities, and these branches of the Service are quite independent of the erection of further munition works.

6.   The Government intends to submit to

Parliament in the near future its proposal in connexion with additional Arsenal factories, and the intention of the Government is to refer the works to the Parliamentary Standing Committee.

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