HC Deb 19 March 1903 vol 119 cc1230-1

I beg to ask the Postmaster-General if he can state how long it is intended to take for the completion of the post office buildings in Aberdeen; and whether, seeing that only £7,500 was taken in the Estimates for 1902–3, and £10,000 for 1903–4, out of a proposed expenditure of over £52,000, he would consider the dear-ability of taking a further Supplementary Estimate this year to expedite the work.

MR. AILWYN FELLOWES (Huntingdonshire, Ramsey)

The date fixed in the contract for the completion of the work is 11th November, 1905. The First Commissioner of Works is advised that there is difficulty in the way of obtaining supplies of suitable granite for the external elevations; but the contractors have a sufficient number of workmen to deal with the stone delivered. It is not anticipated that more than £10,000 can be spent in 1903–4. It must be remembered that, owing to the deduction of the contract reserves, this payment will represent a far larger amount of work done.