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Wednesday, 23 November 1960

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HigginsTreasurer) . - I move -

That the amendment be agreed to.

The amendment made in another place has the effect of extending to commercial carriers the exemption of tanks for bulk milk tankers. This exemption was proposed on behalf of persons engaged in the dairy industry. That was when the Government brought in the proposal originally. It was known that some of these tankers would be owned and operated by commercial carriers, but it was not desired to extend to the transport industry a concession which had been sought on behalf of the dairy industry and, indeed, on which representations had reached me in relation to a particular aspect of the carriage of milk in these bulk tankers.

It is true that the amendment does not involve any significant loss of revenue. The best estimate 1 can get is that it might amount to something under £8,000 in the remainder of this financial year. In view of the special case which was strongly argued in the present instance in another place, the Government has decided to accept the amendment. I would say that this must not be taken, however, to indicate a willingness to extend a concession of this kind to other commercial carriers engaged in other types of transport.

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