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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4576

Dr Patterson asked the Minister for Supply, upon notice:

What are the principal components of expenditure by his Department in the various States each year.

Mr Garland - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The principal components of the Department of Supply's annual expenditure in any State are the capital and non-capital expenditure, salaries and wages incurred in running the Department's various factories, establishments and adminstrative offices.

The Department also lets contracts on behalf of the Defence Group and some other Departments. Details of all such contracts are published in the Commonwealth Gazettes. Information is not readily available on principal commodity groups purchased in each State.

If the honourable member has a particular area of interest, I would be happy to see whether additional detail could reasonably be provided.

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