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The Munitions and Supplies Department, whose work terminated oh March 31, expended, according to a statement by the Hon. A. M. Myers, the sum of £4,500,000 in procuring stores for military purposes. .:.■ The whole of wthis sum, representing an annual turnover of £1,300,000, has been handled/ without a ease of fraud,, although at .-its' inception the Minister had, "fci a fewinstances, to inflict fines where the specifications had . not been faithfully executed, amounting in one case to £2000. 'Towards the .end of 1918,: when the position of £he Military stocks was fully reviewed, it was found that the Defence ■■'Department had no surplus clothing or stores to dispose of. Hdw;ever. consumable, commodities to the approximate value of: £36;000;were not needed. When the armistice was signed, the Department was committed to in completed : contracts to the value of £145.000. These commitments were cancelled at* a "total cost, by way^ of compensation, of £112, and the taking over from the Contractors of goods useful to the military mithorities to the value of £32,000. Surplus stocks of consumable goods to the value of £9588 were disposed of at a net loss on cost of £2772. Goods to the value of £7864 were disposed" of by the Department direct to buyers, a net loss on 'cost of £2012 being incurred;. while, respecting goods to the value of £3766 which were put up to auction,in response to numerous requests, only £1724 worth were sold, realising a loss on cost of £7(50.

In round figures, the Munitions and Supplies 'Department has cost about £}8.000, being an average annual cost of £5000.

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WAR MUNITIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9579, 5 April 1919

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WAR MUNITIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9579, 5 April 1919

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