Mr. Chairman, I congratulate the minister on making the slight change in 522b, but I think it would have been better appreciated had he done it before the effect was pointed out from this side of the house. As to whether it is an increase or not, I wish to quote an article from the Financial Times. At page 24 of that journal appears the following:
Some relief has been given the Canadian linen industry under the new Robb budget. The Financial Times is advised prior to February 17th yarns for the manufacture of linens were free of duty no matter what the source. Under the budget effective February 17th yarns imported from countries subject to British preferential rates only, are free, the intermediate tariff now being 10 per cent and the general tariff 15 per cent. Recognition has
been given the much larger wage costs incidental to linen manufacturing as compared with cotton _ and some additional protection given accordingly.
I understand that the yams covered by 522b are used in the linen industry, so presumably that is the item to which The Financial Times refers.
Subtopic: CUSTOMS TARIFF, 1927, AMENDMENT