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Thursday, 22 July 1920

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

Portion of the equipment for the Australian Imperial Force was provided in Australia, and portion by purchase from the

Imperial Government. On cessation of hostilities the whole of this war-worn equipment washanded over to the Imperial Authorities in France and Egypt, under agreement thatcorresponding articles of new or serviceable equipment would be forwarded to Australia from stocks in England, without further charge - such material is now being received here.

The cost of the portion of the Australian Imperial Force equipment purchased from the Imperial Government is not definitely known, the amount involved being included in the general debit against Australia.

It should be added that the British Government has made a most valuable contribution to Australia's Air Defence, in the form of 128 aeroplanes, together with a full supply of equipment, spare engines, mobilization material, six months' spares, motor transport, and hangars.

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