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Thursday, 3 December 1959

Mr Ward d asked the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice -

1.   What are the duties of a different type, referred to in answer to my question placed on the notice-paper on 21st October, which are to replace the duties previously performed by excise officers and customs lockers at oil refineries and installations?

2.   Which of the new duties are to be performed by customs lockers?

3.   Who comprised the committee of senior officers set up by the Comptroller-General of Customs to examine customs and excise procedures at refineries and oil warehouses?

4.   Will the Minister make available the report of this committee?

Mr Osborne (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Air) - The Minister for Customs and Excise has furnished the following answers to the honorable member's questions: -

1.   The duties of a different type consist basically of continuing investigations into the efficiency of oil company operating methods and recording systems to ensure that the oil companies are carrying out their responsibilities concerning dutiable goods to the satisfaction of the Collector of Customs.

2.   The customs lockers in the petroleum products units will carry out checks of company operations and basic company documents at refineries and oil warehouses as directed by their inspectors.

3.   The committee was comprised of the undermentioned officers: -

Mr. F.J. Marcusson, O.B.E. ; First Assistant Comptroller-General.

Mr. J.C. Lyon ; Chief Inspector of Excise.

Mr. L.W. Engledow - Director, Organization and Method.

Mr. J.S. E. Allwright ; Executive Assistant to the Comptroller-General.

Mr. N.Custance ; General Customs Branch.

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