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Friday, 29 March 1946

Mr FORDE - I shall take steps to obtain the information sought by the honorable member. However, I point out that, in an organization so large as the army, in time of war it is inevitable that on occasions store accounting and supervision must take second place to active service operations. There are times when quick action must be taken in regard to the supply of stores and equipment. It is correctly stated by the Auditor-General that, for this reason, there have been deficiencies in store accounting. The subject has been thoroughly examined, and I have had advice on it from the Finance Advisory Board, which is an honorary panel of leading accountants presided over by the chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Mr. C. B. Harvey. The advice which I have received from the board is that the store accounting procedure of the Army is quite satisfactory, and that, having regard to all circumstances, the store accountingorganization within the Department of the Army is reasonably sound and effective. 1 assure the honorable member that all possible steps are taken to prevent any losses of equipment and material and to ensure that their disposal is properlyaccounted "for.

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