Mr. Chairman, the Precious Metals Marking Act was passed, under that title, in 1928. Since then a number of amendments have been made, and it was found advisable to make some further amendments at this time. Instead of asking simply for the amendments it was considered advisable to rewrite the statute; therefore the bill being presented to-day contains the provisions of the original act, with the suggested amendments. The amendments are only of a minor nature, following experience in the working out of the act. The original act was passed for the purpose of giving protection to the public when purchasing articles of carat gold, silver or platinum. It is my understanding that officials in my department have consulted with the trade in respect of the proposed amendments. To speak frankly, the bill is largely routine, and a process of tying in the amendments which have already been passed.
Subtopic: REPEAL OF ACT-CONSOLIDATION OF STATUTORY PROVISIONS