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Government Departments (Free Services)

Volume 440: debated on Wednesday 16 July 1947

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asked the Postmaster-General the value of the services rendered free of charge during the year ended 31st March, 1947, by the Post Office to other Government Departments, setting forth the principal items thereof; and to give a statement as to the services rendered free of charge by other Government Departments to the Post Office, again setting forth the principal details.

In round figures, the amounts are:—

£
Services to other Government departments28,150,000
Services by other Government departments3,500,000
The principal items are:—

Services to other Government departments
£
Postal
Mail and remittance services4,350,000
Government Stocks and Bonds and Savings and Certificates (National Debt Services)3,100,000
Payment of pensions and allowances for various Departments1,730,000
Sale of Insurance and Revenue Stamps and licences590,000
Telegraph
Inland telegrams400,000
Issue of broadcast licences and engineering expenses, etc.520,000
Telephone
Rentals of exchange lines and Private wires9,280,000
Trunk and local calls6,390,000
Services by other Government departments
Contributions in lieu of rates (Treasury)1,066,000
Stationery and publications (Stationery Office)855,000
Maintenance and repair of buildings (Ministry of Works)1,500,000