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Friday, 20 July 1917

Mr JENSEN - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows : -

The closing of the small Customs port of Devonport, where the business was not sufficient to justify the placing of an officer of the Trade and Customs Department, was part of a general policy, having in view the aims of economy and of more effective examination and control of dutiable goods.

The allowance to the local Postmaster, who acted as Customs officer, was £50. The indirect saving due to more complete protection of the revenue, and which is certainly much the more important, cannot be precisely stated.

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