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Wednesday, 20 July 1904

Mr WATSON -- The answers to the honorable and learned member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes. The Minister of Defence stated in the Senate that there were over 100 Permanent Artillerymen stationed at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne; and that therefore he saw no reason to increase the Force to man the forts. Subsequently, the Minister received a return showing the actual number to be 116. The Assistant Adjutant-General for Artillery, in the absence of the General Officer Commanding, reports as follows in reply to 2 and 3 : - ¥ «/

2.   Eight. ^ recruit

3.   With the exception of twentyfour recruits completing musketry course" under their instructors, the " C " Instructional Cadre of thirty-six men, and twenty-eight non-commissioned officers and men required to furnish the guard over the residence of His Excellency the GovernorGeneral, they are employed at duties which would not permit them to be stationed elsewhere. The recruits will join- their comrades at the Heads as soon as- their musketry course is completed.

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