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Wednesday, 31 August 1960

Mr Whitlam m asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   How many (a) full-time and (b) part-time scholars hold Commonwealth scholarships?

2.   How many full-time scholars are receiving (a) no living allowance, (b) part living allowances and (c) full living allowances?

3.   What will be the cost in 1960 of (a) scholarships and (b) allowances?

Mr Menzies - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme is administered by the States, and each year State education departments provide the statistics which give information of this nature as at 30th September; the exact 1960 figures, therefore, are not yet known. As at 30th September, 1959, there were 9,316 full-time and 1,940 part-time Commonwealth scholars in training. This year it is estimated that there are 12,000 scholars in training and, of these, something of the order of 80 per cent, are enrolled in full-time courses.

2.   The 1959 figures were (a) 5,571, (b) 2,300 and (c) 1,445.

3.   In 1959, the fees of Commonwealth scholars cost £994,938 and living allowances £790,120. Estimated costs of these items in 1960 are £1.229.000 and £869.000, respectively.

Pollution of the Sea by Oil.

Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

What countries signed but have not yet ratified the International Convention for the Prevention of the Pollution of the Sea by Oil, 1954?

Mr Menzies - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

Twenty countries signed the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea by Oil. Of these Ceylon, Greece, Italy, Japan, Liberia, New Zealand, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia have not yet accepted the Convention, according to the latest available information.

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