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Irish Postal Stores

Volume 181: debated on Friday 23 August 1907

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To ask the Postmaster-General whether he could state the estimated annual value of stores used by all branches of the Post Office in Ireland; the estimated value of the stores for which contractors are required to tender for delivery in Ireland; whether, before deciding that deliveries of Irish supplies should be made in London instead of Ireland, account is taken of the extra freight and handling involved by delivery in London; whether he could state where Irish manufacturers, desirous of tendering for such stores as bicycles, tools, cloth and trimming for uniform, nails and screws, paints, and oils, can inspect patterns and ascertain particulars; and whether the Irish Secretary is consulted before it is decided to draw supplies from London instead of obtaining them in Ireland. (Answered by Mr. Sydney Buxton.) The annual value of stores used by all branches of the Post Office in Ireland is roughly estimated at £73,000. The estimated annual value of the stores which contractors, including the Prison Commissioners, are required to deliver in Ireland is £13,500. These estimates do not include stationery, etc., supplied by the Stationery Office, and domestic stores, etc., supplied by the Office of Works. Account is taken of freight and handling charges before contracts are placed. Whenever patterns are exhibited by the Department, arrangements can be made for exhibition in Dublin, and full information can always be obtained from the Controller of Stores in London or his representative in Dublin. The Secretary to the Post Office in Ireland is consulted whenever it appears that any useful purpose may be served thereby.