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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3111

Mr Shipton asked the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, upon notice, on 19 October 1977:

(1)   How many cars were allowed to be imported into Australia under quota during the periods when quotas were in operation in 1976 and 1977, inclusive of the quotas which became effective on 13 October 1977?

(2)   What are the quotas by make or category of car?

(3)   Who are the quota holders for quota periods during the years 1976 and 1977?

(4)   How many cars were in bond, and what were their makes or categories, during the relevant quota periods?

(5)   How many cars by make or category which were in bond at the time of the announcement of quotas subsequently became part of quotas?

(6)   Have any quotas been transferred; if so, to whom, and on what terms and conditions?

Mr Fife - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The allowable imports of passenger motor vehicles under quota in each of 1976 and 1977 were 90,000 units, the latter on a pro-rata basis for the period of licensing operation in that year.

(2   ) and ( 3 ) See answer to question No. 1 820, part ( 1 ).

(4)   This information is not held in the Department's data base.

(5)   This information is not available from the Department's data base but all vehicles in bond at the time of introduction of the quota restrictions were required to be covered by quota.

(6)   Quotas for vehicles have been transferred by reason of one company taking over another company; in addition, under the recent introduction of transferability of licences, one transfer has been approved. As to advice of details of transfers, see answer to Question No. 1 820, part ( 1 ).

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