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Tuesday, 13 October 1970

Mr Webb asked the Minister for Ship ping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   On what occasions has he. or his predecessors, determined under Section 18 of the Commonwealth Bureau of Roads Act 1964 the maximum number of staff who may be employed by the Bureau.

(2)   What has been the maximum number of staff determined on each of these occasions.

(3)   How many staff has the Bureau recruited in each financial year since its establishment.

(4)   How many staff have actually been employed by the Bureau as at 30th June in each year since its establishment.

(5)   Can the Bureau adequately perform its statutory functions within the present maximum staff determination.

(6)   Is the maximum number of staff who can be employed by the Bureau, as at present determined by the Minister, due to the stationary or reduced financial provision made for the Bureau's activities in recent years.

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

(1)   The maximum number of staff has been determined under section. 18 on two occasions: 24th March, 1966 1st August, 1968.

(2)   The maximum number of staff determined on these occasions was as follows: 24th March, 1966 - 50 1st August. 1968 - Maximum of 56 officers and/or employees reducingto 52 officers and/or employees on and from 1st May, 1969


(5)I am advised that the functions are adequately performed within the present staff determinations.

(6)   See answer to part (4) of question 1571.

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