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Thursday, 14 May 1914

Senator MILLEN - The answers are -

1.   511 butts and 477 fore-ends have been rejected since 14th January. The wood was scrapped and burned.

2.   No. Cost delivered at Lithgow is - Butts, 1s. 8½d., fore-ends, 3s. 2d.

3.   Stocks have been made of various Australian timbers, including those mentioned, for experimental purposes, and it is hoped that a suitable Australian timber will soon be decided upon. Until it has been proved beyond doubt, by experiment and experience, that Australian timber is suitable, it is not thought desirable to discontinue the use of imported timber.

4.   The principal reason for rejection was that defects developed in the wood during the process of manufacture.

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