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(6) What briefings, analysis or other documents did the department provide to Mr Martin to assist the Review.

(7) How many restrictive covenants for supermarkets are currently active in the ACT.

(8) What measures has the Government put in place to reduce or remove restrictive covenants.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The review was initiated by the Minister for Business and Economic Development. The Department of Treasury was not involved in the development of the terms of reference as these were actioned by the relevant sections of the Chief Minister’s Department.

(2) The Chief Minister and I discussed the review prior to the announcement on 16 June 2009.

(3) The Department became aware of the Review on or around 9 June 2009.

(4) No.

(5) The Department of Treasury did not have contact with Federal Government agencies in relation to the Review.

(6) The Department of Treasury provided the Chief Minister’s Department with the Treasury Supermarket Survey brief on 20 July 2009. It is Treasury’s understanding that officials from the Chief Minister’s Department shared this brief with Mr Martin.

Additionally, John Martin and the Under Treasurer discussed the Review on 30 June 2009.

(7) I am advised by the ACT Planning and Land Authority that the ACT Government does not have information on how many leases currently contain restrictive covenants for supermarkets in the ACT. There is no statutory requirement to report on the nature of lease purpose clauses contained within crown leases and therefore this information is not captured by ACTPLA.

However, the ACT’s planning and zoning framework does stipulate maximum gross floor area and gross leasable area for shop or retail commercial leases based on the zoning classification of the area.

(8) I am not aware of any measures put in place by the ACT Government to reduce or remove restrictive covenants.

Business—grocery prices
(Question No 449)

Mr Seselja asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 19 November 2009:

(1) How many surveys has the Department of Treasury conducted into grocery prices since 2001.

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