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Tuesday, 10 May 1960

Mr Cairns s asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

1.   What amount has been spent during the last ten years on the training of military bands?

2.   Excluding the United Kingdom/WoomeraMaralinga projects, what amount has been spent during the last ten years on the training of missile operators?

3.   Is it a fact that the Australian Regular Army personnel who are engaged in the United Kingdom/Woomera-Maralinga projects are employed in menial auxiliary positions?

Mr Cramer - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Bandsmen are primarily soldiers and as such are trained in other duties as well. It is not possible, therefore, to isolate the cost of that element of their overall training which might be regarded as purely band training. The amount required to pay the salaries of the staff at the School of Music, which can be regarded as being engaged solely in training personnel for bands, is £9,210 per annum.

2.   The ability to handle missile firing and directing is an extension of the techniques acquired by artillery officers in range instrumentation. AH courses, concerned with the application of fire support, which have been conducted at the School or Artillery, North Head, have included instruction on missile operation. Furthermore, the study of modern warfare involves the study of missile operation. Because of the integration of this type of training it is not practicable to cost it. Moreover, during the last ten years, 39 Army officers have attended overseas courses which, while basically devoted to gunnery, had an element of missile firing and directing included in them. The total cost of these courses was approximately £2,000,000.

3.   No.

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