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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 100

(Question No. 4958)

Mr MacKellar asked the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, upon notice, on 27 November 1986:

(1) Is it a fact that a Personal Names Index (a) was included in the 1985 and earlier editions of the Commonwealth Government Directory and (b) has been omitted from the 1986 edition of the Directory.

(2) Why was this information omitted from a frequently used publication.

(3) Will he consider incorporating a Personal Names Index in future editions of the Directory.

Mr John Brown —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes, and all departments were informed in a memorandum dated 4 April 1986, that the 1986 edition would not include a Personal Names Index.

(2) In order to reduce the lead time on production.

(3) Yes. The AGPS is well advanced on computerising the data for the Directory, and it should be possible to re-introduce the Personal Names Index in the 1987 edition.