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Thursday, 12 August 1920

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE - On Thursday last, the honorable member for East Sydney (Mr. West) asked the following questions: -

1.   Is it the intention of the Federal Government to have Darlinghurst Gaol, Sydney, vacated?

2.   Is it a fact that there. are seventeen officials there, including a colonel and other grades in the Military Service?

3.   If not, what number of officials are there, and of what rank?

4.   Is it a fact that the cost of such upkeep exceeds £100 per week?

5.   If not, what is the cost?

6.   Is it a fact that there are only eight persons detained at Darlinghurst - two to be released shortly?

7.   If not, will he give the number?

I am now in a position to furnish the honorable member with the following information : -

1.   Yes, as soon as other accommodation is available. As well as for detention purposes, the building is used for ordnance stores, for which 5,000 feet of floor space are being utilized.

2.   No.

3.   Two sergeants, two corporals, two bombardiers, eleven gunners, and one cook. With the exception of the cook, these are detailed from the Permanent Forces.

4.   No.

5.   The cook costs £4 5s. 9d. weekly, including rations. Other personnel, excluding prisoners, involve no additional cost. Rations, fuel, lighting, and sewerage for prisoners cost £7 2s. 9d. weekly.

6.   No.

7.   Nine.

Mr West - There are more officers than prisoners.

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE - They have nothing to do with prisoners. They are looking after the ordnance stores.

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