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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1431..

In relation to the recent ACT Public Library amnesty on overdue library materials:

(1) How many books were returned to the ACT Public Library in the Amnesty which concluded March 9?

(2) What was the approximate value of these books?

(3) What is the estimate of the number of books still outstanding and how many years are allowed before an outstanding book is "written off".

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) The total number of returns for the Amnesty period (28 February 03 - 9 March 03) was 51,754. This figure covers those items that clients may have returned as part of the Amnesty and General returns for the period. This number was lower than expected due to interruptions to normal client behaviour as a result of the bushfires.

(2) In processing returned items in the period (28 February 03 - 9 March 03) no differentiation of items returned under the Amnesty or General returns was undertaken. Therefore no calculation of the value of items returned under the Amnesty is possible.

(3) ACT Library and Information Services defines long term overdue items as overdue for longer than two years. There are currently 99,227 outstanding items. Outstanding library items are written off after seven years.

Parking signs

(Question No 507)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to parking signs in the ACT:

(1) Are parking signs a standard size throughout Australia with the exception of the ACT;

(2) Are ACT parking signs reflective while elsewhere in Australia they are non-reflective;

(3) Is there a price differential between the cost of ACT parking signs and those elsewhere in Australia and if so, what are the relevant costs;

(4) Has consideration been given to standardising ACT parking signs with those elsewhere in Australia and if so, why has it not been done;

(5) If no consideration has been given at (d) above, why not.

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