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Thursday, 19 May 1960

Sir WILFRID KENT HUGHES (Chisholm) . - Clause 4 reads as follows: -

Section four of the principal act is amended - (a) by adding at the end of the definition of " broadcast receiver " in sub-section (1.) the words", and includes a loud speaker or other receiving device that is connected to such an appliance ; "

I take it that that definition is intended to cover hotels and lodging houses which have a loudspeaker in every room. However, I understand that modern radiograms have high fidelity or stereophonic sound systems which require the use of more than one loudspeaker connected to the one machine. I assume that this will very shortly be the case with radios as well. What will be the result if we provide in this bill that for each loudspeaker connected to a radio the owner has to take out a separate licence? I again suggest to the Minister that hotels could be charged on a pro rata basis instead of being required to have a separate licence for each appliance in each room of the hotel.

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