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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 402

Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 5 March 1980:

(1   ) On what date was each Walter Ultra Large (6100 litre) Fire Tender (a) delivered to his Department and (b) entered into fire line duty.

(2)   What is the registered vehicle number of each of the tenders.

(3)   For what periods has each tender been unavailable for fire line duty in the period from (a) the time of acquisition and (b) the time of first entering fire line duty to the date of preparation of the answer to this question.

(4)   What costs have been incurred in the period from the date of acquisition to the date of preparation of the answer to this question in respect of each tender for (a) modifications, (b) labour repair costs, (c) the cost of replacement parts and (d) any other purpose.

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

The tabulated information (attached) has been assembled from Departmental records - it represents all of the information available at this time some additional information is included so that all related facts are at the disposal of the reader.

Departmental recording facilities do not differentiate between repair and modification labour costs - detailed engineering assessment of individual station records would indicate that between 40 and 60 per cent of the total labour expenditure on each vehicle has been on modification work and repairs.

The Walter Motor Truck Company has continued to honour all calls for the supply of spare parts, free of charge, where those parts have been involved in a warranty claim.

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