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Thursday, 7 February 1929

Mr FORDE asked the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice-

1.   What was the date of the deputation from representatives of cotton-growers and spinners to the late Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Pratten) ?

2.   When was the question of greater protection for the cotton industry referred to the Tariff Board?

3.   Has the report yet been received by the Government, and, if so, when will it be laid on the table of the House?

4.   If the Tariff Board's report has not been received, will he take steps to expedite its completion and to give early consideration by Parliament to the question of effective protection for the cotton industry, in accordance with the definite promise made by the Government before the elections?

Mr GULLETT - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   7th May, 1928.

2.   21st May, 1928.

3.   The report has not been received.

4.   The Tariff Board is actively engaged in preparing its report at the present time.

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