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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr MORGAN - Did the Minister for the Navy observe a recently-published reportthat General MacArthur favours motor torpedo boats, and believes that 200 of these craft would enable the allies to sweep the Japanese from the seas ? If that be correct, will the Minister discuss the matter with the naval authorities, and consider the advisability of utilizing local boat-building plants which are now available fortheconstruction of craft of this kind? Would it not be advisable to concentrate upon building motor torpedo boats, instead of larger craft which might not be completedbefore the conclusion of the war?

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