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Tuesday, 27 September 1949

Mr White e asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

I.   Is it a fact that the number of typewriters to be imported into Australia, under licence granted by the Government, from Sweden and Italy, greatly exceeds the number imported from the United Kingdom?

2.   Is it a fact that supplies of typewriters are freely available from United Kingdom sources?

3.   Why is it that more typewriters are coming into this country from Sweden than from the United Kingdom itself?

4.   Is it a fact that the Government has issued, or will shortly issue, import licences for Russian typewriters or typewriters from the Russian-controlled zone of Europe?

Mr Pollard d. - The Minister for Trade and Customs has supplied the following information : -

1.   The number of typewriters imported from the United Kingdom during the six months ended the 30th June, 1949, was greater than the number approved for importation from Sweden but less than the number approved for importation from Italy in the same period. Sweden and Italy are regarded as easy currency countries and licences are issued freely on these countries subject to production of evidence of availability. Typewriters of United Kingdom origin are not subject to licensing control and there is no restriction on the quantity of machines merchants may import from the United Kingdom.

2.   No.

3.   See answer to Nos. 1 and 2.

4.   Licences have been issued for typewriters from the Russian zone of Germany, but not from Russia.

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