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Rifle Clubs (Ammunition)

Volume 463: debated on Monday 28 March 1949

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asked the Minister of Supply what reduction has been made in the allocation of.22 ammunition to the National Small-bore Rifle Association; what is the reason for this reduction; and whether he is aware of the great disappointment caused to members of rifle clubs throughout the country that this decision should have been made without explanation.

There has been no reduction in the allocation to the National Small-bore Rifle Association as this ammunition is not allocated but is sold by the manufacturers on an ordinary commercial basis. I understand that owing to increased demands the Association's requirements in 1948 were not met in full, but that additional supplies have been delivered during the first three months of 1949 and the manufacturers hope to maintain increased deliveries for the remainder of the year.