§ 1. Mr. Erroll
asked the Minister of Works what is the purpose of continuing the registration of decorating firms.
§ The Minister of Works (Mr. Stokes)
The registration of decorating firms, together with all other firms in the building and civil engineering industries, continues for the purpose of collecting statistics of employment and output in these industries.
§ Mr. Erroll
Is this creation of a virtual closed shop in the decorating industry really justified for the sake of a few statistics?
§ Mr. Stokes
Decorating forms a considerable part of the amount spent on maintenance, and it is considered absolutely necessary to keep a proper record.