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Friday, 13 December 1912

Senator PEARCE - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are : -

1.   Provision was first made by Parliament towards the establishment of Government factories in the following financial years : - 1907-1908, Small Arms Factory and Cordite

Factory. 1910-1911, Clothing, Harness and Saddlery, and Woollen Cloth Factories.

2.   Small Arms Factory -

The manufacture of rifle parts was commenced in February, 1912, on a limited scale, it being necessary that operatives should be taken on only in such numbers aswould admit of their proper instruction.

Cordite Factory -

Preliminary and experimental manufac turing work was commenced in September, 191 1, but the manufacture of cordite for out-turn was not begun until 1st July, 1912.

Clothing Factory -

Manufacture commenced 3rd January, 1912.

Harness Factory -

Manufacture commenced 24th July, 1911.

3.   The expenditure up to 30th June, 1912, on the purchase of land, erection of buildings, machinery and plant, factory and office fittings and furniture in connexion with the establishment of the factories was as follows : -


It is pointed out, however, that the above figures may be subject to revision after the examination of factory books and accounts by the Auditor-General, now proceeding, is completed.

4.   Revenue appropriations.

5.   Employees as at 30th November, 1912.

Small Arms Factory -


6.   Salaries and wages for month of Novem ber, 1912, amounted to : -


7.   Balance-sheets have been prepared, but will not be available until an audit of the factory books and accounts, which is being conducted by the Auditor-General, is completed.

8.   The value of the output of finished product to30th June, 191 2, was : -


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