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Tuesday, 2 May 1961

Mr Cairns s asked the Minister for Trade, upon notice -

1.   Is he able to say whether advice has been given by foreign embassies in Canberra to importers that import licensing will be reintroduced in Australia and consequently they should import stocks well ahead of demand?

2.   What stocks of air compressors in the class over 350 c.f.m. and less than 1,750 c.f.m. were held by importers at the 31st December, 1960?

3.   What was the relation between stocks of these compressors on hand, and orders placed for them, in each six-monthly period during the past 24 months?

4.   Is there any evidence that changing levels of stocks on hand of these compressors indicate any departure from standard commercial practice?

5.   If he has no statistical material in relation to these matters will he proceed to obtain it?

Mr McEwen - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   I am not aware of any such advice being given by foreign embassies.

2.   The information is not available.

3.   The information is not available.

4.   The Government has no such evidence.

5.   In the absence of sound reasons for doing so, I do not propose to seek the information.

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