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Tuesday, 2 June 1942

Mr DEDMAN - Consultations have taken place between the Department of War Organization of Industry and the Department of Munitions in regard to delays in production which are the result of the shortage of machine tools. A committee is at present inquiring into the matter. It is hoped that such delays as can be obviated will be obviated.

Mr MORGAN - Will the Minister for War Organization of Industry inform me who is the principal administrator, or executive officer, charged with the responsibility of inquiring into delays in war production? Or are we to assume from the honorable gentleman's previous remarks that the scheme is still in an embryonic stage? If so, will he take up with the Production Executive the question of emulating the example of the United States of America and Great Britain by appointing a director of production, or a production board, to make a drive for greater production for victory in 1942?

Mr DEDMAN - The executive officer of the Production Executive is the Director of War Organization of Industry.

Mr Morgan - Who is that?

Mr DEDMAN - Mr. Chippendall. I shall place before the Production Executive the other suggestions of the honorable member, and they will there be given consideration.

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