§ Mr. C. BATHURST
asked the Secretary to the Treasury if he can say to what is attributable the increase of £54,054, as compared with the current financial year, in the total estimate of £793,650 for stationery and printing in the year 1911–12; and how such increase is distributed over the various Government departments?
§ Mr. HOBHOUSE
Provision has been necessary as under:—
Census Office— £ Extra on account of hire of calculating machines and the supply of special cards in connection with the Census of England and Scotland 6,300 Post Office— Increased charges consequent on the transfer of the business of the National Telephone Company to the Post Office on 1st January, 1912. (Printing of Directories, etc.) 20,000 Land Valuation Offices— General supplies 16,000 Labour Exchanges— Increased supplies 14,000 Stationery Office— Printing of the "London Gazette," which up to November, 1910, was farmed out to a contractor 3,700 Ordinary increments of salaries and wages 2,000 Increased demand for Stationery Office publications 1,000 Rise in prices of paper 8,000 £71,000
Savings— Estimated further economies in printing £10,000 Estimated increase in Appropriations-in-Aid 7,000 17,000 £54,000