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Thursday, 28 June 1906

Mr EWING - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: - 1 to 3. Colonel Robertson informs the Minister that he may have to retire, under the age for retirement regulations, within a few months, but when he does retire it will in no way be due to " a proposed new appointment."

4.   Director of Engineer services.

5.   No. He holds the highest position on the administrative stall at Head-Quarters in connexion with the Engineer services of the Forces, for which he was recommended by the Military Board.

6.   Administrative and Instructional Staff Officer, New South Wales ; and, at the present time, he is temporarily carrying out the duties of Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief Staff Officer, New South Wales.

7.   Ability and good work.

8.   The Military Board. 9 and 10. With one exception (when the appointment was made by the late Minister), the present Commandants held the substantive rank of Lieut.-Col., or higher rank, prior to the coming into force of the Commonwealth Defence Act and Regulations, and under the previous Regulations they were not required to pass any examination forthat rank.

11.   Before leaving for England, MajorGeneral Hutton, at the request of the Minister, made confidential reports on all the officers of the Permanent Military Forces of the Commonwealth. The Minister considers it inadvisable, in the interests of the service, to make public these confidential reports. Before Colonel Hoad was appointed senior member of the Military Board, tie Minister then in charge of the Department had in his possession the confidential reports made by Major-General Hutton on all the permanent officers.

12.   Yes.

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