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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
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Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 16 August 1977:

(1)   How many nuclear facilities are in operation in each member-country of the European Community?

(2)   In respect of how many of those facilities in each country has a subsidiary agreement been made providing for the attachment of safeguards to those facilities under the Safeguards Agreement between Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, the European Atomic Energy Community and the International Atomic Energy Agency?

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

(1)   European Communities Information Research and Development pamphlet 9/77 states that in 1976 there were the following numbers of nuclear installations in the civil nuclear industries of the nine member States of the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM): 35 preparation and frabrication plants 71 power reactors 117 research reactors 13 reprocessing plants 211 research centres, laboratories, stores, enrichment plants and others.

I understand that some of these installations were still being constructed in 1976, rather than in operation. The figures for the numbers of nuclear installations are at present available publicly only on a European Communities basis, rather than on a national basis, because of the role of the

European Atomic Energy Community in relation to the nuclear industries in the nine member States.

(2)   Australia is not a party to the Safeguards Agreement concerned. The subsidiary arrangements, including facility attachments, to be concluded under the Safeguards Agreement, define the technical procedures for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to implement its safeguards on a permanent basis in the seven non-nuclear-weapon States of the European Atomic Energy Community. They are confidential to the parties to the Safeguards Agreement

Pending finalisation of the subsidiary arrangements, the IAEA is applying safeguards to nuclear facilities in the seven non-nuclear-weapon States of the European Atomic Energy Community by means of ad hoc safeguards inspections under the terms of the Safeguards Agreement

As I said on 22 July, the Government wants to see early resolution of the subsidiary arrangements between the European Atomic Energy Community authorities, the national Governments of the seven non-nuclear-weapon States that are members of the Community and the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Australian delegation reiterated this view at the meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors in September, when the Director-General of the IAEA reported that progress was being made in the negotiation of subsidiary arrangements.

Incentives for the Arts (Question No. 1313)

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in the Arts, upon notice, on 25 August 1977:

(1)   When was the report received from the interdepartmental committee of representatives of the Departments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Administrative Services and the Treasury set up in October 1975 to investigate taxation concessions or other incentives to encourage the arts and their patrons (Hansard), 15 February 1977, page 83).

(2)   When will the report be tabled.

(3)   Has consideration been given to (a) allowing gifts of works of art for exhibition in parks or squares or buildings open to the public as deductions for income tax purposes or (b) exempting bequests of this kind from estate duty. (Hansard, 9 December 1971, page 4631, question No. 4213 (4) and (6) ).

(4)   Has the Australia Council made its recommendations to the Department of Environment, Housing and Community Development on the list of Australian Government building projects where an arts component could be included in the costs; if so, when will the list be published (Hansard, 15 February 1977, page 83).

(5)   Which States now grant exemption from death and probate duties in respect of bequests to the Australian National Gallery.

Mr Staley (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Capital Territory) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   16 May 1977.

(2)   In conformity with the practice of previous Government, IDC reports are not normally made public.

(3)   (a) and (b) Yes. The Government is in sympathy with the idea and is considering it

(4)   The Australia Council has received several lists of building projects over the last three years from appropriate Commonwealth Departments and authorities. Discussions have taken place progressively between appropriate officers and recommendations have been made within the funds available. Since the Australia Council's role is advisory only, it is not considered appropriate to publish its recommendations.

(5)   No State specifically exempts bequests to the Australian National Gallery from death and probate duties. State death duties are not now levied in Queensland. It is possible that bequests to the Australian National Gallery could be exempt from Western Australian death duty under a general provision which applies to bequests to a public educational institution in Australia that is wholly or in pan dependent on any State or Commonwealth grant or subsidy.

Department of Science: Libraries

Question No. 1368)

Mr Bungey asked the Minister representing the Minister for Science the following question, on notice on 6 September 1977:

(   1 ) How many libraries are in the Department of Science, where is each located and what is the mam purpose of each.

(2)   How many (a) books, (b) publications and (c) periodicals (i) have been acquired in (A) 1974-75, (B) 1975-76 and (C) 1976-77, (ii) are currently in the library and (iii) will be acquired under budget provisions for 1977-78.

(   3 ) What is the annual cost of running each library.

(4)   What staff are employed in each library and what major staffing changes have occurred in the past three years, or are contemplated.

(5)   When were the provision, number and purpose of libraries in the Department of Science last reviewed by the Department and/or the Public Service Board, and what recommendations were made at that time.

(6)   Which libraries are open to the public, and what is the extent of public usage.

Mr Adermann - The Minister for Science has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The Department of Science maintains 16 libraries. These range from specialised technical libraries under the control of professional staff to unstaffed reference collections.

The purpose of all libraries in the Department is to provide information and to collect publications to support the work of that section of the Department in which it is located.

These libraries are attached to the various divisions of the Department and are located in all States as well as in the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.

The Central Office of the Department of Science has a small library located in Woden, Australian Capital Territory.

The Bureau of Meteorology has a library located within its head office in Melbourne. The Bureau also has a small reference library in each of its eight regional offices; Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra.

The Australian Government Analytical Laboratories have four libraries serving their regional laboratories in Sydney, Adelaide, Hoban and Perth. The Melbourne laboratory is served by the Bureau of Customs library located in the same building. Publications purchased for the Melbourne Laboratory are paid for by this Department and are registered as the property of this Department.

The Antarctic Division and the Ionospheric Prediction Service each maintain one library located in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.

(2)   and (3) The level of acquisitions, current holdings, annual costs, and the number of staff are shown on the table below.



(4)   In the past three years the number of positions staffed in the Bureau of Meteorology libraries has decreased. There are now 10 positions vacant in libraries throughout the Bureau.

Two positions have been created within the last three years, both in the New South Wales regional laboratory of the Australian Government Analytical Laboratories. Creation of these positions was necessitated by the transfer of responsibility for the library to this Department in 1 976.

In future it is proposed to add a new position to the Antarctic Division Library.

Staffing figures are set out in the table above.

(5)   There has been no overall review of all the libraries in the Department. However, several reviews of individual libraries have been undertaken.

The Central Office Library was reviewed by the Public Service Board in 1 972 when it was established.

The Bureau of Meteorology Libraries were reviewed in 1 970 by the Public Service Board. At that time the Board approved action to restructure the Bureau 's Head Office library and created a position in a number of the regional offices to be responsible for that regional library's holdings.

The Australian Government Analytical Laboratories New South Wales regional library was reviewed by the Public Service Board in 1976 when the library was separated from the Department of Customs library. Other AGAL libraries have not been formally reviewed.

The Ionospheric Prediction Service and Antarctic Division libraries have not been reviewed recently.

(6)   All departmental libraries are open to the public and all lend material to other libraries. The libraries in the Department are small, very specialised and technical in nature. Use of these libraries is generally restricted to specialised users. Public usage is minimal.

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