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Thursday, 26 July 1906

Mr EWING (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes.

2.   It was signed by Mr. H. Bertram Cox, who wrote by direction of Lord Elgin.

3.   The Minister has read the published account of the interview referred . to, and cannot discover That Captain Creswell said anything to the effect

That the Imperial Defence Committee was opposed to his proposals for the creation of Australian torpedo-boat flotillas."

4.   Yes, in part.

5.   No.

6.   The wording of the cablegram was " Creswell, leave England immediately after Naval manoeuvres " - which was in reply to a telegram from Captain Collins as follows, dated 11th May, 1906 : - "Naval manoeuvres will end on 2nd July. Shall Creswell wait? Clarke recommends. If not, cable latest date required in Melbourne."'

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