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Thursday, 11 June 1970

Mr KELLY (Wakefield) (12:29 PM) Mr Chairman,I want to raise briefly one question dealing with the Tariff Board's report on secateurs. It is a very small one but in the second reading stage of the Bill I said I was concerned that the Department of Customs and Excise and the Department of Trade and Industry might have policies that were not exactly the same. The Board's report in this respect is very simple. It recommends that the duty on secateurs should be 25% if they are of the anvil type, but if they are of the scissors type it should be 7½%. The Department of Customs and Excise has to rule on whether, if one item or product is regarded as a suitable equivalent to another item or product and is reasonably available, by law protection will be given to the second item or product. In this case the Tariff Board has found that there are 2 types of secateurs - one type where the blades meet and the other where the blades cross over. Obviously both are used for pruning. By law should be refused to the second one - the type where the blades cross over - under the criterion used by the Department of Customs and Excise. A duty of 25% would then have to be paid. In this case the Tariff Board has fixed a duty of7½% by using a different method to arrive at its judgment. I bring this example forward to illustrate that different criteria are used by the Tariff Board and the Department of Customs and Excise.

Schedule agreed to.

Second to Seventh Schedules - by leave - taken together, and agreed to.

Eighth Schedule.

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