This is a matter of
surgical dressings, and I should like to put in a plea against the charging of duties on goods of this description which are used in the case of sickness, and on equipment used for the relief of people who are invalids. It seems to me that, having made some concessions with regard to people who are suffering from blindness, we should be well advised
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to consider the granting of the lowest possible prices to those who in the event of sickness have to pay for supplies. Here we find that on "surgical dressings, antiseptic or aseptic, including absorbent cotton, lint, lamb's wool, tow, jute, oakum," and so on, the rate of duty under the new agreement is twenty per cent. I am of the opinion that, if we are not to move in the direction of the elimination of tariffs, there are at least certain things on which no duty should be charged. Surgical supplies which are essential in the case of sickness, or other articles which minister to the comfort of people who are invalids-I have in mind things like wheel chairs-might well be considered when the minister brings down his budget. I am raising the matter now so that perhaps some consideration may be given to supplies for use of invalids.
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