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Tuesday, 28 August 1906

Sir WILLIAM LYNE (Hume) (Minister of Trade and Customs) . - It has been very strongly represented to me that this concession should be granted, and I find that it is customary to allow spirit for scientific purposes to be used, subject to stringent restrictions.

Mr Hutchison - That is all I desire.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I cannot tell the honorable member what will be the wording of the regulations governing this concession until they have been drafted, but I can assure him that I shall be very careful, since the whole of that part of the Bill which relates to merhylation has been framed with a view to prevent the evasion' of Customs duties which now takes place. I referred to the matter on moving the second reading of the Bill, and mentioned that not long ago a process was discovered by which the methylation may be removed, and that spirits , so treated can then be sold as being pure. The object of this clause is to safeguard the revenue to a greater extent than it has been, and it will be difficult to evade the regulations under it.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 14 agreed to.

Clause 15 -

A person shall not -

(a)   sell or 'have in his possession any illicit methylated spirits ; or

(b)   sell or have in his possession any article of food or drink, or any scent essence tincture or medicine, containing any methylated spirits.

Penalty : One hundred pounds.

Amendment (by Sir William Lyne) proposed -

That before the word" sell," line 4, the words " After the first day of January, 1907," be inserted.

Sitting suspended from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.

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