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Tuesday, 16 November 1976


Mr Morris asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs upon notice:

(   1 ) Did he state in answer to question No. 789 that I was already aware from the response to an identical telegram sent to the Secretary of the Department that no telexes, files, papers or documents relevant to question No. 3381 were or are held in the Department of Foreign Affairs.

(2)   Did the Secretary of his Department advise me that my telegram of 7 December 1975 was delivered by Telex to the Department's Communications Centre during the evening of that date, but that it did not reach the Secretary, that efforts to discover what may have happened to it have been unsuccessful, and that he was sorry his earlier advice was incorrect.

(3)   If so, will he make further efforts to ascertain what happened to the telegram, how the Department learnt of its contents, and advise me of the result.


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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   and (3) See the answer to Question No. 934, part 2. The Department learned of the contents through a telephone call made by the honourable Member to the office of the Secretary on 1 1 December 1975.

Representation in Singapore: Prime Minister's Visits (Question No. 936)


Mr Morris asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs upon notice:

With reference to his reply to question No. 791 in which he stated that the information on which his reply to question No. 36 was based did not come from Foreign Affairs records, from what source did the information come.


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

The answer to question No. 791, parts (2) and (3), refers to part ( 1 ) only of the answer to question No. 36. That statement applies equally to the responses to questions Nos 292 and 293. The information in part ( 1 ) of the answer to question No. 36, to the effect that the Prime Minister has visited Singapore on a number of occasions, was based on biographical notes supplied by the Prime Minister's Office.







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