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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

Does he know the nature and extent of assistance by the respective Federal Administrations for the construction of underground railways in Washington (including the adjacent areas of Maryland and Virginia) Bonn, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart and Vienna.

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

As detailed information on these projects is not held by my Department I have had some verbal inquiries made. I am told that the underground railways, which will be operated by city transport authorities in each case, have each received Federal assistance. Further, that this assistance is on the following basis:

Washington: Estimated cost of project $2249ro ($US2495m): Federal assistance $ 1034m ($US1147m) in form of grant.

Vienna: Estimated cost of project S179m (5,100 million Schillings): Federal assistance $84m (2,400 million Schillings) in the form of a loan repayable over 12 years.

The Federal Republic of West Germany: It is the general rule for the Federal Government to make a grant equal to 50 per cent of the 'subsidisable cost' of a project, and for the State to meet 30 per cent and the municipality 20 per cent of the 'subsidisable cost'. The municipality also meets the 'unsubsidisable cost' which is between 7 per cent and 10 per cent of the total cost.'

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