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Wednesday, 25 March 1942

Senator COLLINGS - On the 6th March, Senator Collett asked the following questions, upon notice: -

Concerning the Joint Committees on Apples and Pears, Broadcasting, Profits, Rural Indus tries, Social Security, and War Expenditure -

(   1 ) In respect to each committee -

(a)   How many meetingshave been held. and where?

(b)   What reports have been submitted?

(c)   Have its inquiries been closed?

(d)   What is the total cost to date?

(2)   Is it a fact that, despite the admitted need for war-time economy, the daily allowances to members have been substantially increased and with retrospective effect?

(3)   Will the Government give consideration to the fixing of a maximum amount, as provided for in section 39 of the Commonwealth Public Works Committee Act of 1913, that may be spent by any committee without a special appropriation by Parliament?

The Prime Minister has now furnished the following answers: -


334 Order of [SENATE.] Business.

(2)   The amount paid for travelling allowance to members of the above-mentioned Joint Committees which were still functioning was increased to £2 10s. per day for the chairman, and £2 2s. per day for members on and from 1st January, 1042.

(3)   Funds for Parliamentary Committees are subject to annual parliamentary appropriation.T he following amounts are provided on the estimates covering the committees in question for the current financial year -

Division 1C, Item 2, Senate - Select Committees' expenses, £1,900.

Division 2C, Item 2, House of Representatives - Select Committees' expenses. £5,000.

Division 108, Item 23, Prime Minister's Department, inquiry into administration of the Apple and Pear Board, £1,000.

Provision is also included on the Supplementary Estimates for 1940-41 under Prime Minister's Department for the amount of £1,120 which was expended during that year in connexion with the inquiry into administration of the Apple and Pear Board. The Government will give consideration to the question of fixing a maximum amount that may be spent by each Parliamentary Committee in the future.

Sitting suspended from 6.17 to 8 p.m.

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