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1937. NEW ZEALAND.

STORES CONTROL BOARD (ANNUAL REPORT OF).

Presented to both Houses of the General Assembly by Leave.

Stores Control Board, Wellington, 20tli August, 1937. The Hon. R. Seniple, Chairman, Stores Control Board. I have the honour to submit herewith the annual report of the Stores Control Board for the year ended 31st March, 1937. P. Ellerm, Secretary.

REPORT.

Purchases. During the year ended 31st March, 1937, the expenditure on the purchase of stores, as compared with the year ended 31st March, 1936, was as under : — Year ended Year ended 31st March, 1936. 31st March, 1937. £ £ Railways 1,495,279 1,923,502 Public Works .. .. •• 522,327 1,401,096 Post and Telegraph .. .. • • • ■ 344,387 805,624 Mental Hospitals .. ■■ ■■ 177,175 189,731 Native 110,579 162,417 Naval 69,471 199,892 Printing and Stationery .. .. •• •• 64,086 133,671 Defence .. •• •• 66,162 91,137 Lands and Survey • ■ • • • ■ • • 57, 344 62, 854 Education .. ■ ■ • • • ■ ■ ■ 38,265 41,966 Justice and Prisons .. .. ... •• 49,057 41,899 Health.. .. ■■ • • ■ • ■■ 29,821 39,854 Industries and Commerce, Tourist, and Publicity . . 29,151 37,062 Mines 21,083 30,981 Agriculture .. •• •• •• 26,453 26,022 State Forest Service . . 19,120 24,098 Marine 18,193 22,043 Labour —Employment Division .. .. .. 56,087 15,430 Scientific and Industrial Research .. .. .. 5,839 15,086 National Broadcasting Service .. . . .. •• 14,783 External Affairs .. .. ■■ 11,594 13,815 Internal Affairs .. . . . • • ■ • • 5,958 8, 970 Police .. . • • ■ • ■ • • ' • • 8,989 8,132 Labour 2,530 7,914 State Eire .. •• •• •• 6,211 5,948 Other Departments .. .. •• 16,653 25,459 £3,251,814 £5,349,386 The expenditure on stores during the year is the highest recorded since the Board was constituted in 1922, and exceeds the previous highest total recorded for the year ended 31st March, 1925, by £932,553. The increased expenditure of £2,097,572 for the year ended 31st March, 1937, as compared with the previous year, reflects the increased activities of Government Departments, particularly so in the case of the Public Works Department, which shows an increase of £878,769. The total amounts expended during each of the past ten years are as under : — £ £ 1928 .. .. 3,947,117 1933 .. .. .. 2,109,698 1929 .. .. 4,199,822 1934 .. .. .. 2,417,676 1930 .. .. .. 4,345,030 1935 .. • • 2,939,642 1931 .. .. 4,286,803 1936 .. .. .. 3,251,814 1932 .. .. ■■ 2,757,214 1937 .. .. .. 5,349,386

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Contracts. At the 31st March, 1937, contracts arranged by the Board were in operation for the supply of the undermentioned items to all Departments :— Batteries for motor-vehicles. Bricks, earthenware pipes and fittings. Brushware —painters' and general. Candles, soap, and soda. Cement. Coal, coke, and firewood. Cream-separators. Cyclostyle stencils and correcting fluid. Disinfectant. Electric lamps. Fencing-wire. Fuel oil and lubricating-oil for Diesel engines. Ink —cyclostyle, fountain-pen, and writing. Motor-vehicle lubricating oils and greases. Motor-spirit and kerosene. Motor-tires. Oxygen and acetylene gases. Paper, carbon, toilet, and wrapping. Polish, metal, floor, and paste. Sensitized papers and linens. Spare parts for motor-vehicles. Superphosphate and compound superphosphate fertilizers. Twine. Typewriters and typewriter-ribbons. In addition to the above, numerous departmental contracts were also arranged throughout the year, the principal items concerned being—• Artificial limbs. Aviation-spirit. Boots for Defence Department. Crockery for Mental Hospitals Department. Foodstuffs (sugar, milk, bread, butter, meat, fish, hams, and bacon, &c.). Fuel oil for Navy and Government ships. Lubricating-oil for m.v. " Maui Pomare." Medicines for Native schools. Samoan banana-cases. Tobacco for Mental Hospitals Department. Toothbrushes for Naval ratings. Uniforms for messengers. The service rendered by contractors during the year has, in general, been efficient and satisfactory. Adjustment op Contract Prices. Twenty-nine applications were dealt with for variation of contract prices to cover additional costs due to the payment of higher wages and the introduction of the forty-hour week as a result of alterations to the law which took effect after the contracts had been let, and variation of the contract prices was agreed to in all cases where the contractors' claims were substantiated by investigation by the Department of Industries and Commerce. Purchase of Stores at Palmerston North. In June, 1936, the District Storekeeper, Public Works Department, Palmerston North, was appointed the purchasing officer for stores required by Government Departments (other than Railways and Post and Telegraph Departments) in that city and the surrounding district. Satisfactory prices have been obtained., and local purchase has enabled supplies to be delivered promptly. Preference to New Zealand and British Manufacturers. The policy of preference to New Zealand and British manufacturers has been maintained throughout the year. Approximate Cost of Paper.—Preparation, not given ; printing (500 copies). £2.

By Authority: E. V. Paul, Government Printer, Wellington.—l 937.

Price 3d.]

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H-04 STORES CONTROL BOARD (ANNUAL REPORT OF)., Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1 January 1937

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