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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 975

(Question No. 4693)


Ms McHugh asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 25 September 1986:

(1) What was the (a) number of person hours involved in and (b) cost of outside contract surveying and drafting services used by his Department and instrumentalities responsible to him in (i) 1984-85, (ii) 1985-86 and (iii) 1986 to date, including work contracted out to the Australian Survey Office and the Department of Housing and Construction.

(2) Are there any instances where surveying or drafting requirements have not been satisfied due to limitations on the resources of (a) his Department or instrumentalities responsible to him, (b) the Australian Survey Office or (c) the Department of Housing and Construction; if so, what are they.


Mr Duffy —The following answer to the honourable member's question is based upon information provided by my Department and by the statutory authorities within my portfolio:

1 (a) The number of person hours involved in outside contract surveying and drafting services is not available for some authorities as contract work is done on a fixed price basis. The following information is available.

Financial Year

Department of

Communications

ABC

(i) 1984-85

Not Known

4,614 hours

(ii) 1985-86

20 hours

6,435 hours

(iii) 1986-date

Nil

3,121 hours

(b) The cost of outside contract surveying and drafting services other than that given to the Australian Survey Office or to the Department of Housing and Construction is as follows:

Financial Year

OTC

DOC

ABC

POST

Telecom

$

$

$

(i) 1984-85

4,500

16,940

73,100

Nil

Nil

(ii) 1985-86

7,400

1,200

103,500

Nil

Nil

(iii) 1986-date

43,500

Nil

51,218

Nil

Nil

Details of the work undertaken by the Australian Survey Office and the Department of Housing and Construction is not a matter that falls within my portfolio.

2 (a) No.

(b) In 1985-86, the Overseas Telecommunications Commission was referred by the Darwin office of the Australian Survey Office to an outside contractor due to lack of resources. The value of the contract work was $3,000.

(c) No.