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Thursday, 7 August 1902

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I do not think it was promised that the scheme would be laid before the House before the Estimates were submitted. The Estimates are being prepared, but I cannot say when they will be presented to honorable members. It- is impossible to give the true foundations of the whole scheme until the Estimates have been prepared and submitted to the House.

Mr CROUCH - Then we are not to see the scheme until the Estimates have been submitted 1

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I do not know what the honorable and learned member desires me to do. Am I to give a mere skeleton of the scheme ? That would be of little use. I fail to see how I can give any details of the scheme of retrenchment until the Defence Estimates have been prepared.

Mr CROUCH - Is the House to understand that no skeleton of the scheme for the re-organization of the defence forces will be submitted, and that honorable members will be left to gather from the Estimates what is intended to be done ?

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - To a certain extent the Estimates will speak for themselves. But a definite statement, giving fuller information than might, perhaps, be gathered from a perusal of the Estimates, will be made in regard to the scheme. When the Estimates are submitted every information will be given.

Mr Crouch - But when 1

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - It is impossible to say. It seems to me that the honorable and learned member desires to deal with this question before it is ripe. It is not ripe for consideration at the present time.

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