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Wednesday, 6 June 1928


Sir NEVILLE HOWSE - I regret that the information is not yet available, but I am taking steps- to obtain it.


Dr MALONEY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Home and Territories, upon notice -

1.   What is the temperature regularly maintained in the Chambers of the House of Parliament ?

2.   Does the ventilation system provide sufficient fresh air?

3.   Is there any data in his department of the heating of legislative chambers in other countries, and, if so, will he give such data to the House?

4.   Will he inform the House regarding the system instituted for heating the Chamber of the House of Representatives?


Sir NEVILLE HOWSE - I regret that the information is not yet available, but I am taking steps to obtain it.


Sir NEVILLE HOWSE - On the 27 th April, the honorable member for Swan (Mr. Gregory) asked me the following questions: -

1.   What was the actual cost of the Federal Parliament House, including foundations, levelling of earth, and all charges up to the date of being handed over to the Parliament, including all services other than furniture and the cost of removal from Melbourne?

2.   What sum has been expended on the building-fend* services since they were handed over to the Parliament?

3.   What has been the cost of furnishing Parliament House?

4.   Whathas been the total cost of the Parliament building, exclusive of furnishing and including levelling, engineering services, etc., as provided in original estimates submitted to the Public Works Committee.

5.   What was the estimated cost of the building, including levelling, foundations and engineering services, submitted to the Public Works Committee and recommended to Parliament?

I am now in a position to furnish the following replies: -

1.   £644,655, which also includes interest on expenditure incurred by the Commission from the 1st January, 1925, to the 9th May, 1927, but docs not include the value of the land.

2.   The expenditure from the 10th May, 1927, to the 31st March, 1928, including interest on such expenditure and also on the expenditure prior to the 9th May, 1927 - calculated from the 10th May, 1927, to the 31st March, 1928 - was £29,878. This does not include expenditure and interest on furniture and equipment.

3.   The cost of furniture and equipment for Parliament House to the 31st March, 1928, was £74,461. 4 and 5. The erection of Parliament House was not carried out in accordance with the original sketch plans and estimates submitted to the Public Works Committee. Reference to the report submitted by that committee on the18th June, 1923, will indicate that the committee arranged for the preparation of a revised and enlarged plan, which it included in its report, stating that the estimated cost would be £220,000. It is not clear from the report whether this estimate covers the whole of the services referred to by the honorable member in 1. The work carried out represents the development of the preliminary sketch plan submitted in the Public Works Committee's report, and recommended to Parliament, and the figures mentioned in the answers to1 and 2 also cover the cost of such additional services and provisions as were specially asked for, or which it was necessary to make during the execution of the work. The original plans submitted to the committee were not carried out, and it is not possible, therefore, to supply the particulars in the form in which they are requested. An analysis of the plan and the work is being undertaken, however, ' to ascertain what developments were made in carrying out the committee's revised plan. This is a somewhat difficult matter, but I hope to be in a position to supply further information in regard thereto at an early date. The figures furnished in reply to 1, 2 and 3 are undergoing audit and may, therefore, be subject to adjustment.


Sir NEVILLE HOWSE - On the 30th May the honorable member for Melbourne (Dr. Maloney) asked me the following questions : -

1.   What was the estimated cost of the erection of the present temporary Parliamentary building?

2.   What is the approximate cost of such building to date?

I am now in a position to advise him as follows: -

1.   In its report of the 18th June, 1923, the Public Works Committee estimated the cost of erecting the present provisional Parliament House, in accordance with the revised plan it had submitted, at £220,000.

2.   The expenditure on Parliament House to the 31st March, 1928, has been £617,516, but this figure covers the cost of additional services and provisions which were asked for or which it was necessary to make during the execution of the work. It does not, however, include interest, or the cost of furniture and equipment, and is subject to adjustment on audit.


Sir NEVILLE HOWSE - On the 31st May, the honorable member for Melbourne (Dr. Maloney) asked me the following questions : -

1.   What are the names of the machines belonging to the Federal Capital Commission that arc at present in the open without cover or shelter, and what is the. number of each kind of machine?

2.   What was the original cost of each machine?

3.   What was the total cost?'

I am now in a position to advise him as follows : -

1.   The following is a list of the larger machines not at present (under cover or shelter : -

 

With the exception of the ditchers, loaders and steam shovels, provision is made, for shelter when the machines are not in the field. The Commission also has a large number of smaller machines, for which shelter is provided in the plant yard when they are not in the field.

2.   The original- cost of each machine enumerated above was as follows: -

Barber-Greene Ditchers (average), £1,586 each.







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