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Tuesday, 25 October 1949

Mr TURNBULL (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - Is the Minister for Defence aware that in the Estimates for 1948-49 the amount provided for defence research and development was £32,000, but that on this important item only £5 was actually expended? Is the Minister also aware that the estimate for 1949-50 under this heading is £65,000? Will he explain why such a large amount was budgeted for in 1948-49, and such a small amount expended? Will he state what the Department of Defence found out through the expenditure of £5 ?

Mr DEDMAN - If the honorable member will come to me after question time is over, I shall explain to him how to read the Estimates. He has taken a section of the Estimates within the Department of Defence itself, and has forgotten, if he ever knew, that the amount in relation to defence research work will be found under the Department of Supply and Development.

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