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Friday, 29 October 1920

Mr LAIRD SMITH - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   Very few inquiries have beenreceived from H.M.A. ships regarding payment of prize money. On 7th August last all ships were informed that prize money could not be paid until authority had been received from the Admiralty.

2.   Authority to pay prize money in cases where war service was wholly in the Royal Australian Navy has now been received,, and instructions regarding distribution have already been issued to H.M.A. ships. In cases where war service was in both the Royal Navy andRoyal Australian Navy, authority to pay has not yet been received from the Admiralty.

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