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Wednesday, 27 March 1985
Page: 1052

(Question No. 89)

Mr Spender asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 25 February 1985:

(1) Has his Department taken over the function of assistance to private businesses from the former Department of Defence Support.

(2) Can he give an assurance that the real levels of assistance provided will not diminish as a consequence of the abolition of the Department of Defence Support.

(3) Further to his predecessor's answer to Question No. 812 (Hansard, 4 September 1984, page 490), what are the details of any variation (a) already introduced or (b) under consideration, from the details provided at that time.

Mr Beazley —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) Assistance will continue to be provided at appropriate levels under the revised Departmental arrangements.

Funds appropriated for this purpose will continue to be determined in the annual budgetary process.

(3) (a) The only variation introduced that affects the information contained in the answer to Question No. 812 (Hansard, 4 September 1984) is a change of Departmental title from the 'Department of Defence Support' to the 'Department of Defence'.

(b) Variations under consideration relate to organisation changes consequent upon the absorption into the Department of Defence of activities previously undertaken by the Department of Defence Support. These may lead to some changes in Departmental procedures for dealing with the programs outlined in the answer to Question No. 812. They will not lead to major changes in the programs themselves. Changes to the structure of the Defence Department consequent upon the absorption of the Department of Defence Support should be finalised in the near future.