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Thursday, 12 October 1911

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator may aska question arising out of his reply.

Senator MILLEN - . I am sure that there has been an inadvertence on the part of somebody. To the first question -

How many petty officers and seamen were sent to England to be trained for work on the destroyers? the answer was that a certain number had been sent to bring out the destroyers.

Senator PEARCE - If I had been bound down to answer the question as it was put, I should have had to reply, " None."

Senator MILLEN - Say so, if that is the correct answer.

Senator PEARCE - It would not have been quite correct, because they were sent not merely to bring out the destroyers, but so that they might be in England a few weeks before the destroyers were to leave, and during that time might be given a certain amount of training.

Senator CHATAWAY - Arising out of the answer just given, I should like to ask the Minister whether sixty-four was the maximum number of officers and seamen sent to England to be trained at the expense of the Commonwealth ?

Senator PEARCE - On that occasion, yes.

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