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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 61

(Question No. 4651)

Mr Ruddock asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 22 September 1986:

Further to question No. 2501 placed on notice on 18 November 1985-

(a) Have more than 10 months passed since the question was first placed on notice,

(b) Have 26 Ministers already replied to a similar question,

(c) When can I expect an answer to this question, and

(d) What does this delay say about the efficiency of the internal reporting system in his Department.

Mr Lionel Bowen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The reply to Question No. 2501 was published on 15 October 1986 (Hansard, page 2107).

I am informed by my Department that the delay arose out of the need to consult various Branches of the Department and Statutory Authorities for details.