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Tuesday, 15 December 1914

Senator PEARCE - The answers are -

1.   One hundred and thirty-two lorries were purchased by the Motor Transport Board, mostly from private firms, and three were donated by the Prahran City Council, making a total of 135.

2.   The cost of the 132 lorries was £98,615 8s. 3d.

3.   Twenty-six lorries of German make were purchased and one was presented. The makes of the 135 lorries obtained are: - English, 78; German, 27; Swiss, 12; Italian, 10; French, 8; total, 135. The available vehicles considered most suitable for the purpose required were purchased, in every instance, independently of any other consideration.

4.   The cost of the twenty-six lorries of German make is £19,191 13s.

5.   An advisory committee as under was appointed by the late Minister to assist Colonel J. G. Legge, C.M.G., Chief of the General Staff, in organizing the Motor Transport Units, purchasing and fitting the vehicles required: - President, Lieut.-Colonel H. Tarrant (of Tarrant Motors Pty. Ltd.) ; members, Mr. F. Bracey (manager of Dalgety and Company's motor department) ; Major W. H. Osborne. Major W. H. Osborne, who is an officer of the Department, acted as secretary to the committee.

6.   Vide5.

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