Sir GEORGE FOSTER:
The whole system of inspection, so far as this. Act is concerned', is based on its not being compulsory; no one is obliged, to pay the fee. unless he so wishes. The system is also based on the .principle of payment by fee, and not by salary, so that my hon. friend (Mr. Maharg) will see that in some cases unless the fee were fairly good it would be impossible for the district to get the services of an inspector, whilst in other districts, where there was a large quantity of hay to be inspected, a fixed fee might take more from the sellers than would be advisable and might yield a larger salary to the inspector than he should reasonably ask. Taking into account the differences in districts, it is almost impossible to prescribe a fixed fee unless you give a salary which shall work equitably. That is the reason for the provision to fix the fee by Order in Council. I think my hon. friend (Mr. Maharg) will see that unless you pay salaries there is no other equitable w.ay by which in the first place you could get good inspectors, and in the second place make provision
that the inspectors should sufficiently be paid in certain cases, and not paid too much in others.
Subtopic: INSPECTION AND SALE ACT AMENDMENT.