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Wednesday, 10 July 1946

Mr Morgan (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) n asked the Minister for Post-war .Reconstruction, upon notice -

1.   What is proposed as to the future control of the aero-engine factory at Lidcombe?

2.   Will it be retained as a governmentowned factory?

3.   Has consideration been given to the question of utilizing it for the technical training of ex-servicemen? If not, will he take up the question with the State authorities controlling technical training?

Mr Dedman - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : - 1 and 2. The representations of the honorable member on this subject are recalled and his continued interest appreciated. I am happy to inform him that this factory will continue as a government-owned factory. It will be occupied for some time with the production, to a total of 100, of the Merlin engines required for current aircraft projects, and concurrently upon the repair and overhaul of Merlin engines for the Royal Australian Air Force pending a determination as to the engine production that may be necessary in the future.

3.   It is proposed that portion of the factory be segregated for the technical training of ex-servicemen.

Mr Morgan n asked the Prime Minister. upon notice - . .

1.   Have arrangements been finalized for the transfer of employees of the Commonwealth aircraft annexe at Chullora to' the' employ of the Railway Commissioner ' of New South Wales, as requested by the deputation to the Prime Minister introduced by the honorable member for Reid?

2.   If so, what is the total number of employees 'involved?

Mr Chifley - The . answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Employees of the former Commonwealth annexe at . Chullora were progressively transferred to the employ of the New South Wales Railways Commissioners completing on the 8th April, 1946. This action is in accord with the personal representations made by -the honorable member for Reid.

2.   The approximate number involved was 387.

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