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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Senator FRASER - The Minister for the Army has supplied the following answers : -

1.   No hold up of issue of stores and equipment has been caused by reason of any delay in announcing establishments. War Cabinet on the 10th February, 1942, gave approval for a substantial increase in the establishment and this was immediately announced and commands advised of their quotas. Power has been given by National Security Regulations to appoint officers to acting rank, and commands normally are notified of approvals within 48 hours of receipt of nominations at Army headquarters. The selection committees in each command have almost completed their recommendations. To ensure priority of consideration to members and leaders of the corps, an instruction to command selection committees is that only members of the Volunteer Defence Corps actually serving on the date the regulations empowering the granting of commissions were approved (i.e., the 2nd February, 1942) should be considered for appointments in the first instance. No instances have been brought to notice " where a person or persons unknown in the locality " have been appointed.

2.   Instructions have been given for the issue of training equipment on a suitable scale to the extent that it is now available or can be produced.

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