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Thursday, 13 April 1972
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Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice:

(1)   What has been the (a) number of loans approved and (b) total repayment made since the inception of the War Service Homes Scheme.

(2)   What has been the total cost of administering the scheme since its inception.

(3)   What would be the total amount repayable, under each rate of interest applied, by persons who borrowed the various maximum amounts permitted since the inception of the scheme.

Mr Kevin Cairns (LILLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourble member's question is as follows:

(1)   (a) The total number of applicants granted assistance under the War Services Homes Scheme since its inception to 29th February 1972 is 324,793.

(b)   The total repayment comprising principal and interest to 29th February 1972, is


(2)   Financial records have not been maintained on a basis that would enable accurate details to be provided of the cost of administering the scheme . since its inception.

(3)   The total amounts payable over the maximum term allowable in respect of previous maximum loans carrying interest at the various prescribed rates since the inception of the War Service Homes Scheme are as follows:


Environment (Question No. 4987)

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the

Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

On what matters and to what extent has Australia so far participated in the work of the Environment Committee of the OECD since it was formed in December 1970.

Mr Howson (CASEY, VICTORIA) (Minister for Environment, Aborigines and the Arts) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Since Australia joined the OECD in June 1971, there have been 2 meetings (Nos 3 and 4) of the Environment Committee held on 29th September to 1st October 1971 and 9th to 11th February 1972 respectively. The Australian delegation to Meeting No. 3 was led by our Ambassador to

OECD and to meeting No. 4 by the First Assistant Secretary, Office of the Environment Division of my Department. Officers from the permanent delegation and from Australia have attended a variety of specialist sector and ad hoc group meetings set up under the aegis of the Environment Committee. The delegation and the departments concerned in Australia keep in close touch with the work of the Environment Directorate through its documentation.

The Environment Committee of OECD has the following mandate -

To investigate the problems of preserving or improving man's environment with particular reference to their economic and trade implications;

To review and confront actions taken or proposed in Member countries in the field of environment together with their economic and trade implications;

To propose solutions for environmental problems that would as far as possible take account of all relevant factors, including cost effectiveness;

To ensure that the results of environmental investigations can be effectively utilised in the : wider framework of the Organisation's work on economic policy and social development.

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