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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4162 ..

Removal is also necessary where there is a mandatory requirement for fire rated doors and frames. This generally occurs when the property is more than three stories high.

Each property has to be assessed on an individual basis. There will be quite a number of properties where the units do not open off an enclosed stairwell or corridor and are less than three stories and screen doors will be able to be retained in these circumstances.

A trial is being conducted on installing a residential sprinkler system at Reid Court. If successful this will allow screen doors to be retained at this site and any others where it is possible and cost-effective to install and operate such a system.

Where screen doors are removed, "peep hole"viewers and complying security chains will be fitted to the front doors of units.

The timetable for the fire safety improvements has not yet been finalised.

Refer response to (3) above.

Refer response to (3) above.

Legislative Assembly-committees

(Question No 1023)

Mr Cornwell

asked Mr Speaker, upon notice:

In relation to telephone hook-ups:

Since the inception of the Assembly Committee telephone hook-up in September 2002, so that quorums could be formed and discussions take place without all committee members being physically present:

How often from 28 February 2003 to 21 October 2003 has the telephone hook-up been used and by which Committee(s);

What has been the cost;

Who is responsible for payment of this cost.

Mr Speaker

: The answer to the member's question is:

Telephone hook ups have been used on three occasions during this period, namely,

on 22 September 2003 by the Public Accounts Committee;

on 25 September 2003 by the Education Committee; and

on 1 October 2003 by the Health Committee.

As each call was a local call there is no additional cost. The cost of all local calls is included in the Secretariat's annual line rental.

Refer to (2) above.

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