Firearms (Proofing) Bill, 1968: Committee and Final Stages.

Sections 1 to 6, inclusive, agreed to.
SECTION 7.
Question proposed: "That section 7 stand part of the Bill".

The section refers to section 10 (1) of the Principal Act and states that it shall not apply to the Institute. What is the section about?

The Principal Act sets out that it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, repair, test or proof firearms or ammunition unless he is registered by the Minister for Justice. In the case of the Institute, it is desirable that, because they are operating on a national register, they should be exempt from the requirement of being registered.

Question put and agreed to.
Sections 8 to 10, inclusive, agreed to.
SECTION 11.
Question proposed: "That section 11 stand part of the Bill".

Is this a matter in which only the Minister for Industry and Commerce will prosecute for offences, should they occur, or will the Attorney General be entitled to prosecute? Is it the intention that most of these prosecutions, when they arise, will be brought by the Minister for Industry and Commerce?

In practice it would normally fall to the Minister for Industry and Commerce to bring prosecutions of this nature, because, as I have said, this primarily is an industrial Bill and, if I may use the term loosely, offences under it would be normally industrial offences with which the Minister for Industry and Commerce would be concerned.

Question put and agreed to.
Sections 12 to 14, inclusive, agreed to.
Title agreed to.
Bill reported without amendment, received for final consideration and passed.