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Tuesday, 9 May 1961

Mr OSBORNE (Evans) (Minister for Repatriation) . - The tariff proposals which the committee will be considering now relate to proposed amendments of the Customs Tariff 1933-1960, the Customs Tariff (Canada Preference) 1960, and the Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) 1933-1960. These are the proposals that I moved in committee on 16th and 23rd March and 18th April. With the concurrence of the committee, and so that honorable members will have greater freedom in debate, I suggest that Customs Tariff Proposals Nos. 1-7, Customs Tariff (Canada Preference) Proposal No. 1, and Customs Tariff (New Zealand Preference) Proposals Nos. 1 and 2 be taken together.

Motions - by leave - taken together.

Mr OSBORNE - In the main, the changes are based on recommendations made by the Tariff Board or by a deputy chairman of the Tariff Board. There are two amendments not associated with the Tariff Board report. They concern electrical discharge lamps and cotton blankets and blanketing. As a result of international negotiation a lower intermediate tariff rate is being adopted for sodium and mercury type discharge lamps. The amendment in relation to cotton blankets is of an administrative nature to remove an anomaly which differentiates between woven blankets, on the one hand, and knitted, crocheted or lock-stitched blankets on the other hand. I commend the proposals to the committee.

Questions resolved in the affirmative.

Resolutions reported.

Standing Orders suspended; resolutions adopted.

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