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Thursday, 25 September 1902

Sir WILLIAM LYNE (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Home Affairs) - In reply to the honorable and learned member's questions

1.   Fifty Martini Lee -Enfield rifles were specially imported for members of rifle clubs, the price of which was £4 2s. Od. per rifle.

2.   There is no difference in quality of rifles. The additional cost is made up by bayonet, scabbard, and percentage of spare parte) amounting to 1 7s. (id. for each rifle.

3.   No.

I might point out that, in connexion with the rifles ordered for rifle clubs, it was not considered necessary to purchase the full regulation percentage of spare parts, but in all cases where rifles were purchased at the increased price they have been accompanied by the full complement of bayonet, scabbard, and spare parts.

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