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Friday, 8 May 1942

Mr Paterson n asked the Minister for Munitions, upon notice -

1.   In connexion with the production of munition parts in country garages in Victoria, is it a fact that he has given instructions that the cost of transport on raw materials to such garages and of the return of the finished products to Melbourne is to be regarded as more important than decentralization, and that as many as possible of such parts will in future be made in Melbourne and as few as possible in the country?

2.   If such a policyis being introduced without his sanction, will he countermand it?

Mr Makin - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   I have issued no instructions of this nature. Action of the kind indicated is quite contrary to the policy of my department.

2.   Inquiries arc being made, and it is being notified to all concerned that munitions production is to be as widely dispersed as the requisitions received will permit.

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