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NUKUALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, June 4) – The Tonga House threw out the 1992 Room Tax on the tourism industry, but will debate next week an amendment to the Consumption Tax 2003, and an amendment to the Custom Duties and Excise Tax Act 2005.

The House cancelled its morning session because Noble Tu'ilakepa and Noble 'Ahome'e who were responsible for the delivery of the House Letter of Reply to the King, reported to the speaker that they had not been able to deliver the letter, but they had been informed by the Private Secretary of the King that they may be able to have an audience with the king later that morning.

The House went into recess until 2 pm when Noble 'Ahome'e reported that they had delivered the letter to the King.

The House proceeded with its working agenda for the day and the clerk read four bills, which were all related to the next agenda of the House, to debate the estimated national budget for 2005-06.

June 6, 2005

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