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Tuesday, 14 March 1961

Mr DAVIDSON - The restoration of the General Post Office clock is a matter to which several honorable members, whom I shall not try to enumerate, have applied themselves during the last year or two. It will be remembered that during the last session I stated that we would ask the Department of Works to give an estimate of the cost of restoring the clock, particular attention being paid to any necessary improvement in the existing foundations. Within the last week or so I have received an estimate from the Department of Works of the cost of restoring the clock and carrying out the necessary work on the foundations. It is about £130,000, which is considerably less than the £200,000 that I previously mentioned. I submit thai £130,000 expended on this venture would be a material sum, and I can think of a number of post offices and telephone exchanges upon which that amount could be expended with greater benefit to the community generally. Nevertheless, if some of the local authorities or civic authorities concerned, whose civic pride I understand very well indeed, care to make some suggestions as to sharing the cost I shall be happy to consider them.

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