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Wednesday, 12 October 1927


Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW (Queensland) (Minister for Defence) [9.26]. - The delay in settling the first mentioned amount is due to the fact that the owners of vessels used for transport services presented claims which the British Government would not accept. After protracted negotiations an agreement has been reached and the amount represents the Commonwealth's portion of the liability. The American Ambassador was requested by the British Foreign Office to supply certain food and clothing to Imperial and Dominion prisoners of war in Turkey and the £25,776 represents our share of the cost.


Senator Elliott - Why has there been so much delay?


Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW - The accounts had to be exhaustively examined. This matter was investigated by the Minister for Defence when in England last year.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Schedule and title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

Bill (on motion by Senator Sir William Glasgow) read a third time.







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