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Thursday, 14 February 1929

Mr MARR - The replies to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   £1,309,000. This estimate was increased in September, 1927, to £1,325,250; the increase being due to alterations and additions not provided for by the original drawings and specifications.

2.   Twenty-seven months.

3.   The actual cost cannot yet be given as certain armament fittings, etc., being obtained from the United Kingdom, have not yet been delivered. It is considered that the estimate given in reply to question 1 will not be exceeded. The vessel was delivered by the Commonwealth Shipping Board on the 21st September, 1928. An extension of six months in the contract time was granted on account of delays in the delivery of materials from Great Britain due to the coal strike in that country, and a further extension of one month owing to certain alterations and additions being authorized.

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