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Friday, 25 September 1970

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

When may I expect an answer to question No. 383 which has been on the Notice Paper each sitting day since 11th March 1970.

Mr Snedden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The honourable member will be aware that apart from hisseries of questions Nos 1831-1868, he has asked me on notice more than 150 questions this year. Further as the great majority of questions each contain a number of separate enquiries, he will appreciate that a considerable workloadis placed on officers of my Department to provide and collate 'information required to

Answer the honourable member's questions with the care he would expect. Overall, I have provided answers to 125 questions on notice to date and of these, 107 were answers to questions asked by the honourable member. By way of comparison, the questions on notice to the Minister for Labour and National Service in 1968 numbered 29 and in 1969, 41. I have asked the Secretary of my Department to ensurethat the information required to answer these questions is obtained and collated as soon as possible but so as not to excessively divert the attention of. officers from the other important responsibilities which it is their duty to discharge.

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