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Wednesday, 2 October 1912

Senator PEARCE - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are - 1. (a) Chief of Ordnance.

(b)   Officer Commanding Royal Australian Garrison Artillery.

2.   The duties performed are those laid down in the Regulations for the Commonwealth Military Forces, paragraph 2 (i), as follows : - " The Chief of Ordnance is charged with the questions relating to armaments, fixed defences, and engineer services, as follows : - Arrangements for the construction and maintenance of fortifications, barracks, store . buildings, and ranges; patterns, provision, inspection, and maintenance of armaments and vehicles; patents and inventions; administration of the Staff and Permanent Force connected with the above, technical instruction of artillery and engineers, including schools ; promulgation of changes in war material."

3.   The staff comprises : -

Position, Rank and Name, Salaryper annum.

Director of Artillery, Major W. A. Coxen, R.A.G.A., £500.

Director of Engineers, Captain T. Murdoch, R.A.E.,£355

Director of Works, Captain H. O. Clogstoun, R.E.,£500.

Inspector of Ordnance, Major H. B. L. Gipps, R.A.G.A.,£450

Assistant Inspector of Ordnance, Lieutenant H. A. Home, R.A.G.A., £275.

Inspector of Ordnance Machinery, Major R Harding , £6oo.

Assistant Chief Instructor Field Artillery, Captain S. M. Anderson, . £450.

The duties carried out by the above staff are as allotted by the Chief of Ordnance under Commonwealth Military Regulations, paragraph 2 (b).

4.   No, but as a member of the Military Board he exercises the functions laid down by regulations, which include giving directions to Military Commandants.

5.   The position of Officer Commanding Roval Australian Garrison Artillery only carries seniority in that regiment. Colonel Wallace's seniority with regard to other officers in the Military Forces is governed by the date of his commission as a colonel.

6.   Yes.

7.   Second class,1891. Qualified as instructor in gunnery and range-finding. An alteration in the value of certificates awarded subsequent to1891 makes Colonel Wallace's certificate equivalent to a first class of subsequent years.

8.   Rank and Name, Class of Certifieate, Position now occupied.

Major J.E. Robertson, 2nd, O.C.R.A.G.A., 5th Military District.

Colonel J. Stanley, 1st (honors), retired. (Now employed as Inspector of Equipment.)

Colonel H. Le Mesurier, 1st (honors), Commandant, 4th Military District.

Lieut.-Colonel L. H. Kyngdon,1st, O.C.R.A.G.A., 2nd Military District.

Major A.H. Sandford, 1st (honors), O.C.R.A.G.A., 3rd Military District.

Major W.A. Coxen 1st (honors), Director of Artillery.

Colonel W. J. Clark, 1st, Commandant, 6th Military District.

Major J.H. Hurst, 2nd, Chief Instructor, School of Gunnery,

9.   All junior. 10 and 11. None, as far as the Artillery and Engineers are concerned.

12.   This cannot be determined until the 1912-13 Estimates are passed.

13.   All officers of the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery and Royal Australian Engineers have served with and under the present Chief of Ordnance.

With reference to the answer to question No. 7, I understand that a comparison as regards the class of certificate obtained by the different officers should not be made, as the percentage of marks required for the various classes of certificates has differed from time to time.

For instance, during some years 80 per cent. of marks and over carried " honors," whereas in other years it merely meant a first-class award. Similarly, 70 to 80 per cent. of marks would carry first class during some years, and only a second-class award during others.

At the present time only one certificate is awarded, that is " qualified," no class being mentioned.

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