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Wednesday, 2 March 1932

Mr FRANCIS - On the 25th February, the honorable member for Macquarie (Mr. John Lawson) asked certain questions regarding the manufac ture of combs, cutters and other shearing machine parts at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory. I am now in a position to inform the honorable member that the policy of the Government in regard to the Commonwealth Government munitions factories undertaking commercial work has not yet been determined, and that in the meantime the operations at Lithgow are not being discontinued. The Minister for Defence will make full inquiries before he makes any recommendations on the subject. The Minister received a deputation representative of a number of business houses in Sydney, who submitted their views regarding the manufacture of sheepshearing equipment at the Small Arms Factory, and the representations made by the deputation and of other parties concerned in the business are receiving consideration.

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