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Thursday, 30 June 1921

Senator RUSSELL - On 13th May Senator Gardiner asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs the following questions, upon notice -

1.   What is the annual value of the importa- tion of woollen goods into Australia for the" years 1909-1919?

2.   What is the yearly Customs revenue received on woollen goods for the same period?

I am now in a position to furnish the honorable senator with the following information : -

It is not possible to give the whole of the information asked for by the honorable senator, as all woollen goods imported are not recorded separately.

The following statement shows the ' annual value of such woollen goods as are recorded separately in the statistical classification which were imported into the Commonwealth from 1909 to 1910-20, also the gross Customs duty collected- on such goods lor the same years.. The goods concerned are flannels, woollens n.e.i., wool yarns,' wool felt hats. Woollen, socks and stockings imported siucu 1918-19 are also included, prior to which date they were not recorded separately: -


(a)   In 19 14, the recording year for statistical purposes was changed from calendar to financial.

(b)   Since 1918-19 imported hosiery yams containing wool have been recorded with wool yirns.

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