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Thursday, 29 July 1920

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

1.   The cloth cost the Department for manufacture, from 6s. 2d. to 7s. 2½d. per yard, exclusive of examination, handling, and storage charges, interest on outlay, and selling expenses.

2.   The cloth has been sold to permanent military officers at a reduced rate, for uniforms only, at 7s. 7d. per yard.

3.   A large parcel of the cloth was sold by public tender some months ago at 17s. per yard, and when public tenders were invited a short time ago for the purchase of 20,000 yards of the cloth, the tenders received disclosed that the whole of this quantity could have been sold to wholesale houses at from 15s. to 20s. per yard.

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