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Thursday, 27 June 1946

Mr Francis s asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

1.   When does the Government propose to permit the resuscitation of rifle clubs in Australia?

2.   Have all persons who surrendered weapons to the services been reimbursed?

Mr FORDE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Cabinet has agreed to re-introduction of Australian rifle clubs with effect from the 1st July, 1946.

2.   All claims received to date from members of rifle clubs whose rifles were impressed have been paid. Any future claims received by the head-quarters of the military command in which the rifles were impressed will receive attention. Many members, however, handed in their rifles as a gift.

AustralianArmy: Winter Clothing.

Mr Rankin (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) n asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that during the month of May, 600 Australian Military Forces recruits went to Sydney from Melbourne, without greatcoats, sweaters or other warm clothing because Army stocks were so low that they could not be supplied in Victoria?

2.   Were these600 men supplied with warm clothing when they reached Sydney after having spent almost 24 hours in a train?

3.   Is it a fact that to fit them out, Army officials ' in Sydney had to make a hurried search through returned stores before sufficient items could be found?

4.   If the facts are as stated, will he inform the House why adequate provision was not made to clothe the recruits concerned?

5.   How many firms now have contracts for the supply of Army clothing?

6.   What are their names and what is the nature of the contracts?

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

1   . No, but certain members of the party were deficient in certain articles of clothing. 2.The deficiencies were remedied after arrival in Sydney.

3.   Personnel deficient of pullovers received new garments in Sydney. The lack of new greatcoats and uniforms in certain sizes necessitated some personnel receiving clothing from Returned Stores Depot.

4.   Demands for clothing have been made on the clothing trade, but that industry is unable to meet the full requirements of the services, these of discharged servicemen and the normal civilian demands.

5.   One hundred and twenty firms.

6.   The list of firms concerned is too lengthy to be included in this reply, but will be made available to the honorable member on request.

Motor Vehicles: Release of LendLease Stocks.

Mr Francis s asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

1.   When will jeeps, motor cars and trucks made available to the Australian Army through lend-lease be offered for sale to the public?

2.   How will the vehicles be sold?

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

1.   Action is in course to release certain of the motor transport vehicles made available under the lend-lease agreement. It is anti cipated that such vehicles will be offered for sale through the Disposals Commission to the public in the near future.

2.   First the vehicles will be available to meet Government departments' requirements, and then they will be available for sale to the public through trade channels.

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