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Friday, 24 August 1923

Ship 48 : Electrical Fittings. Mr. BRUCE.- On the 14th August the honorable member for ;Cook (Mr. "C. Riley) asked the following questions. -

1.   Whether it is a fact that tenders have been called for the supply,, erection, and installation of electric - lighting, power, - bells, and telephones in ship 'No. 48, now under construction at Cockatoo Island?

2.   If so, will he state what the reasons are for inviting such 'tenders, in -view of 'the Government's determination to appoint a Shipping Board to control 'Cockatoo Dockyard and- other activities?

3.   Does he not think that the letting of tenders for the above work to outside 'firms is likely to prevent 'continuity 6f employment and cause slackness of work, at Cockatoo Island, and thereby place the proposed Shipping Board at a great disadvantage in the .management of the Dockyard?

I am now able to 'furnish the following replies : -

1.   yea. 2 and 3. As a result of my inquiries in*' this matter, I have . given instructions that no further action be taken in connexion with these tenders, 'but that the matter v he .left over .for attention by the Shipping '.Board when. appointed,

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