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Friday, 18 November 1938

Mr ROSEVEAR - Is it a fact that machinery similar to machinery that is lying idle at Lithgow has been installed in the annexes to private establishments for the manufacture of munitions? Is the Minister for Defence prepared to give an undertaking that in future no machinery will be installed in those annexes in duplication of idle machinery in the Government's own munitions works, and that no orders for munitions will be given to private companies until the whole of the machinery at the Government's factories is in use?

Mr STREET - I should think that it would be extremely unlikely that machinery of a type which exists at Lithgow has been installed in these annexes. It is the policy of the Government to use its own factories. The annexes will bc used when the Government's factories cannot cope with orders.

Mr Rosevear - The honorable gentleman says " It is unlikely ".

Mr STREET - I shall check the matter and inform the honorable gentleman.

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