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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1956


Mr SPEAKER - On 1st March the honourable member for Prospect (Dr Klugman) asked me a series of questions concerning office accommodation in Parliament House. I have now received advice from the President of the Senate setting out the position in the Senate both prior to and after construction of the western wing. The information supplied, together with statistics provided by the other parliamentary departments, has been incorporated into an answer which I am providing to the honourable member. As a good deal of detail is included in the answer, I do not intend to read it to the House but shall have it incorporated in Hansard. (The document read as follows):

On 1st March 1972, the honourable member for Prospect (Dr Klugman) addressed the following questions to me.

1.   Prior to the occupancy of any part of the new western wing extension to this building what was the total area of office accommodation in Parliament House?

2.   How much of the total office area was occupied by the House of Representatives and how was this divided up between (a) parliamentary office holders, (b) House of Representatives Ministers, (c) House of Representatives Ministers' staff, (d) private members and (e) clerical officers of the House of Representatives Department?

3.   Will you ascertain from the President of the Senate similar details showing how much of the total office area was occupied by the Senate and how this was divided up between (a) parliamentary office holders, (b) Senate Ministers, (c) Senate Ministers' staffs, (d) private senators and (e) clerical officers of the Senate Department?

4.   Can you say what is the average floor space occupied by (a) a House of Representatives Minister and (b) a private member of the House of Representatives?

5.   Will you obtain from the President of the Senate the corresponding details in respect of (a) a Senate Minister and (b) a private Senator.

Finally, is it possible for you to supply corresponding figures showing what the position will be when the western wing is fully occupied?

The following answers have been prepared from information furnished by the President of the Senate showing the position in the Senate both prior to and after construction of the western wing and from information supplied by each of the outer Parliamentary Departments.

The total area of office space available prior to the occupation of the western wing was 68,307 sq ft excluding the area occupied by the Press. The comparable figure when the western wing is completed will be 77,173 sq ft. These figures are divided between the Parliamentary Departments as follows:

 

 







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