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Wednesday, 14 September 1949

Mr LEMMON - I have not seen the report to which the honorable member has referred, but I have received correspondence from several large contractors in the United States of America who have not only inquired about engineering undertakings associated with the Snowy Mountains scheme but have also offered to send out personnel to examine any phase of this great construction project and to submit tenders for certain portions of the work. I have also received1 similar inquiries from contractors in Great Britain. Recently, I had a communication from the Chairman of the British Board of Trade, Mr. Wilson, in which he intimated that he is most anxious that British contractors -shall be given an opportunity to undertake portions of the scheme. It is the intention of the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Authority to endeavour to interest contractors in sterling areas, particularly in the United Kingdom, who have successfully undertaken very large hydroel iciity projects in the north of Scotland'. Such contractors have the skill and "know-how" required for carrying out portion,?! of the Snowy Mountains scheme. The Government intends to interest those contractors in this project and, if possible, to have them undertake part of the construction work.

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