We have given to this plea of the construction workers very careful study and have brought forward this amendment, not without misgivings in regard to the difficulties of administration which might present themselves. I would, however, ask the committee to bear in mind that there has been no opportunity for giving consideration to the position of other workers who may consider that their tax position should be regarded as equivalent to that of the construction worker in the view embodied in the present clause.
Any attempt to deal with other groups would necessarily require the most careful study before any action could responsibly be taken. I am asking the committee therefore to approve the clause in this form, to give us an opportunity to watch-as we will watch very carefully-the application of the clause; and the matter will, I can assure the committee, be the subject of continuing study. I hope for that reason the committee will see fit to give us the opportunity to go forward with this clause, meeting as it does a problem, not of our creation, but a problem created by the directive of a year and a half ago; and will also give us the opportunity of seeing how this works out in operation and in administration before we are asked to revise it or to extend it.