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Tuesday, 17 November 1964

Senator HENTY - The Minister for the Army has provided the following answers to the honorable senator's question -

1.   The inspection of ammunition during manufacture is covered by comprehensive detailed instructions supplemented by pre-production conferences. The general practice is that each contractor is required to submit a written "quality control plan " for approval by the Director of Inspection which is calculated to ensure the production of acceptable stores. The product quality is verified at all stages of manufacture by Army Inspection Service personnel: By the application of a suitable inspection plan which is designed to determine the extent of conformance with contractual requirements before acceptance for delivery to service.

On receipt of ammunition from production into Army ammunition depots, an initial receipt inspection is carried out. This inspection is based on a sampling percentage system to detect recurring faults and defects. Should defects be revealed, further inspections up to 100 per cent. of the total receipt are carried out to isolate faulty ammunition. Regular inspections on a periodic basis are continued throughout the service life of the ammunition.

2.   Inspection during manufacture is undertaken by civilian personnel under the general supervision of military officers. The work in service is supervised by qualified Army technical officers assisted by ammunition technicians and trained Army and civilian ammunition storemen.

3.   No. However, repostings and changes of appointments to further military training or career planning are normal.

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