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Friday, 21 November 1941


Senator ASHLEY (through Senator collings) (Minister for Information) - The Minister for Munitions has supplied the following answers: -

1.   The first unit will commence operations at the end of December, and should be in full production four months later. Second and third units will follow as fast as prac ticable, but full production will depend upon the orders received at the time. The three units should be available for full production in July-August, 1942.

2.   Estimated employment on full production - (a) Male, 1,800; and (b) female, 2,700 -total, 4,500.

3.   Estimated cost of works - (a) Buildings, £850,000; (6) machinery and equipment, £1, 150,000; and (c) toolroom annexe, £80,000 -total£2,080,000.

4.   The authorized expenditure to date is - (a) Buildings, £631,730; (6) machinery and equipment,£ 1,118,370; and (c) toolroom annexe, £80,000 - total, £1,830,100.







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