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Tuesday, 17 November 1964

Senator ANDERSON - The Minister for Supply has furnished the following answers to the honorable senator's questions -

1.   The value of ammunition produced by the Department of Supply and submitted for acceptance from the end of June 1964 until the end of October 1964 was £1.432 million.

2.   Of the £1.432 million worth of ammunition referred to, none has been found faulty or rejected by the ordering authority; none has been rejected after delivery.

3.   As previously explained, even if only one defective round is found, all ammunition from that production batch will be marked " Not for issue " pending the establishment of the cause of the defect. The ammunition referred to is still so held because of the probability, based on the experience of proof firing, that it is not defective. On the other hand, the Department of the Army is giving consideration to the replacement of the filling in some shells to a more stringent specification.

4.   The Department of the Army has imported a quantity of 105 m.m. shells to maintain adequate stocks pending a satisfactory outcome of the joint Army-Supply investigations into the cause of premature explosion. The quantity of ammunition so imported when added to shells in store awaiting clearance does not exceed the Army's normal requirement.

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