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Friday, 26 August 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - I can appreciate the difficulty of the Trade and Customs Department insecuring accurate statistics concerning the number of hands employed. Very often, the firm which is engaged in bevelling and silvering glass is also interested in the manufactuie of paint. The two phases of theindustry are correlated, and it would not he easy to ascertain the exact number of employees engaged solely upon the one work or on the other. An objection might be raised that only a very few men are employed upon the special work of bevelling and silvering plateglass; but, as I have just indicated, that activity is only a branch of a larger and much lore comprehensive work.

Item agreed to.

Item 243 (Glass, n.e.i.) agreed to.

Item 244-

Glass, viz.: -

And on and after 17th June, 1921 - (a)Lenses n.e.i., locket, brooch, and watch glasses, ad val., British, free; intermediate, 5 per cent.; general, 10 per cent.

(b)   Blanks, fused, for bifocal lenses; and bifocal lenses partly or wholly finished, including such lenses imported in frames, ad val., British, 30per cent.; intermediate, 35 per cent.; general, 40 per cent.

(C)   Lenses, edged, for spectacles, except bifocal lenses, ad. val., British, 20 per cent.; intermediate, 25 per cent.; general, 35 per cent.

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