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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr REID (East Sydney) . - I should like an, explanation of the item "Field artillery, guns, harness, waggons, and ammunition, £53,040." Last year we voted £58,000 for the purchase of these things, but only £10,000 of it was spent The result is that although during the past two years we shall appear to have voted £111,000 in the direction indicated, we shall in reality have only spent £63,000. All these figures are most misleading. I do not know whether the VicePresident of the Executive Council has any definite information to impart to the Committee, although I recognise that he has plentyof assurance. Can the honorable gentleman give any explanation how it is that the InspectorGeneral of Fortifications spent only £10,000 out of a sum of £58,000 voted for field artillery ?

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