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Wednesday, 25 June 1941

Senator CAMERON (VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice - ]. What is the rental proposed or agreed to be paid by the Government for the lease, for the use of the Taxation Department, of 3ix floors of the London Stores Building, situated at the corner of Bourke and Elizabeth streets, Melbourne, Victoria?

2.   Does such rental include payment for lift and cleaning services, and, if so, what is the estimated cost of such services?

3.   In the event of the leasing or, if ithas been decided to lease the floors in question, what amount of money does the Government pro pose to spend for the making of necessary structural alterations ?

4.   Were any buildings in Melbourne, other than the London Stores Building, inspected by the officers of the Government with a view to leasing any one of them in preference to the London Stores Building?

5.   If so, what buildings were they and where are they situated?

6.   In what respect were they regarded as being unsuitable as compared with the London Stores Building?

7.   Is it a fact that, should the Government take possession of the six floors referred to in the London Stores Building, many of the tenants who will be forced to leave the premises will be unable to find other rooms which would be suitable for their different businesses, and, in consequence,much of their equipment will become practically valueless?

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