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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 82

(Question No. 4853)


Mr Cobb asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce, upon notice, on 11 November 1986:

(1) What is the average level of assistance given to the textile, clothing and footwear industries (a) as a whole and (b) on an industry by industry basis.

(2) What would be the average level of assistance given to the textile, clothing and footwear industries (a) as a whole and (b) on an industry by industry basis after reducing the levels of protection by a ``tops-down'' approach to a maximum rate of (i) 25 per cent, (ii) 50 per cent and (iii) 75 per cent.


Mr Barry Jones —The Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

1 (a) The average level of assistance applying to the textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industries as a whole on the basis of current arrangements (average 1982 to 1986 tender premium bids) is estimated by the Industries Assistance Commission (IAC) to be equivalent to a tariff of 52 per cent.

(b) IAC Report, No. 386, Volume 3, Appendix W, Table W.2.2 Page W.13 provides estimates of current assistance levels on an industry by industry basis.

2 (a) The average tariff equivalent levels for the TCF industries after reducing assistance levels by the ``tops down'' approach to maximum rates of (i) 25 per cent, (ii) 50 per cent and (iii) 75 per cent are estimated by the IAC to be 20 per cent, 32 per cent and 43 per cent, respectively.

(b) See 1 (b) above.