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To Supplies and Services 1 April to 30 September 1921..
R.A.W. Canteen

1,533 18 11

Contractors and Private Individuals

1,285 5 9

2,819 4 8

£12,542 11 10

W. A. Bland,

Deputy Secretary,
Accounting Officer.

WORKS-continued.

and Supplies for other Air Services with Vote Transfers.

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By Amount charged to "Production " on account of
Loss on Canteen, 1920-21

By Balances outstanding for recovery at 30 September

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* Of this amount £4,173 11s. 10d. has been recovered at 27 November, 1922.

CORRESPONDENCE.

VOTE 3.-SUBHEAD M.M.

STORES SUPPLIED AND SERVICES RENDERED BY THE ROYAL NAVY.

(330346/22/F.E.)

SIR,

No. 1.

Air Ministry, 6 October, 1922.

I am commanded by the Air Council to acquaint you, for the information of the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, that they have had under consideration three claims amounting to a total sum of 45,518/. 7s. 11d. which have been preferred by the Admiralty but are not supported by vouchers in sufficient detail to enable all the charges to be allocated to the various subheads of Air Votes.

The claims are in respect of rations issued to Royal Air Force personnel on board H.M. Ships, and stores supplied out of Navy Stocks, and services rendered to Royal Air Force Depots and Stations, during the financial years 1918-19 and 1919-20. The Admiralty are unable to furnish detailed receipted vouchers in all cases but are prepared to supply a certificate to the effect that the amounts in question are correctly due from this Department and that in no case were the services rendered, or the stores supplied, to contractors.

In the circumstances the Council are disposed to accept the claims on the certificate by the Admiralty, and desire to include the charges in the Appropriation Account for the financial year 1921-22.

I am accordingly to request that Their Lordships may be pleased to sanction the acceptance of the claims and the opening of a special subhead (Vote 3.M.M.) to record such charges as cannot be definitely allocated to appropriate subheads.

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I have laid before the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury Mr. McAnally's letter of the 6th instant (330346/22/F.E.), relative to certain claims preferred by the Admiralty which are not supported by detailed vouchers.

In reply I am to request you to inform the Air Council that My Lords sanction the proposal that the Air Council shall accept these claims subject to a certificate being furnished by the Admiralty to the effect that the amounts are correctly due from your Department and that in no case were the services rendered, or the stores supplied, to contractors.

Any charges which cannot be definitely allocated to any existing subhead should, as proposed, be recorded under a special subhead (Vote 3.M.M.) to be opened for the purpose.

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I have laid before the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury your letter of the 14th instant (37281/1918 and 72771/19), submitting proposals as to the disposal of certain surplus doors and fittings for hangars, valued at 11,5007., supplied by the **** Association, who have offered to take back the material at 2/5ths of the contract price.

The Air Council propose to complete with fittings to the value of 9837. 16s. 4d. the hangars included in the gift of aeronautical material to the Government of South Africa, authorized by Treasury letter of 18 August, 1919 (33742/19), and to accept the contractors' offer in regard to the remaining material.

In reply I am to request you to convey to the Council Their Lordships' authority for the supply of fittings to the South African Government as proposed, and also for the proposed settlement with the **** Association, whereby the Association will make no claim in respect of the saleable hangar fittings in their hands and not required by your Department, and will take back the balance of the more unsaleable surplus fittings at 2/5ths contract price.

A note of the gift to the South African Government should be appended to the Appro priation Account. I am, &c.,

The Secretary, Air Ministry.

(Signed) G. L. Barstow.

No. 4.

(S.12888.)

SIR,

Treasury Chambers, 24 December, 1921.

I have laid before the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury your letter of the 2nd instant (327677/20), in further explanation of the basis of the proposed settlement with Messrs. **** in respect of the cancellation of a contract for the supply and erection of steel tracks for landing trolleys at Howden Airship Station.

My Lords note that in the opinion of the Air Council no better terms can be arranged with the Company than those detailed in your letter of the 2nd ultimo (327677/20).

In view of the additional information furnished and in all the circumstances of the case, Their Lordships now direct me to request you to convey to the Air Council Their sanction for a settlement of the Company's claim upon the basis originally proposed in your letter of the 2nd ultimo (327677/20), which involves a total nugatory payment to the Company of a maximum sum of 2,7451. 11s. 5d.

I am, &c.,

The Secretary, Air Ministry.

(A/9085/S.5.)

SIR,

(Signed) G. L. Barstow.

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I am commanded by the Air Council to forward for the consideration of the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury the following statement relative to the hire of typewriters by No. 9 Training Depot Station, Royal Air Force, Shawbury.

The two machines in question (Royals Nos. 77212 and 27803) were hired from Messrs. * * * * under Air Ministry authority at a period of shortage of typewriters in 1918. In December 1918, as a result of an intimation from His Majesty's Stationery Office, an Air Ministry Weekly Order was issued to the effect that hirings were to cease forthwith; and in January 1919, a further Order was published notifying that charges for hire later than 31 December, 1918, could not be accepted. It now appears that the Station in question did not comply with these Orders, with the result that hiring charges continued. A report was subsequently received that all The Unit was disbanded in April, 1919. its typewriters had been transferred to No. 13 Training Squadron, Ternhill, and Royal 27803 was later returned by that unit, although the Officer Commanding had already reported that he had taken over neither of the machines. He has since explained that this report was probably made on the advice of his quartermaster, now demobilized and understood to be in India, in whose absence he is unable to supply any further information as to details. The quartermaster's initials appear on the report.

Exhaustive inquiries, including an inspection of the list of machines on charge in the whole of the Inland Area, have been made as to the whereabouts of Royal 77212, without success, and it is concluded that the machine was probably stolen at some stage unknown. Inquiry was made more difficult by the frequent changes of officers during the period of demobilization and by the fact that the machine had not been taken on ledger charge. The late Officer Commanding No. 9 Training Depot Station, who arranged the hirings originally, has been demobilized and is now understood to be in South America, his actual As both the officers immediately concerned in the place of residence being unknown. hiring and reported transfer of the machines are living out of the United Kingdom, it does not appear practicable to pursue further inquiries in their direction with any hope of being able to enforce payment of the accounts by them. These accounts, which amount to 1101. 4s. Od. and are in the possession of the Controller of His Majesty's Stationery Office, are for the hire of Royal machine No. 77212 to date and Royal machine No. 27803 to 13 May, 1920 and, in addition, there is the question of compensation for the loss of the former machine to be considered.

The Council regret, therefore, that they are obliged to ask that Their Lordships may grant the necessary authority to the Controller of His Majesty's Stationery Office, to effect a settlement of Messrs. **** claim, which it is understood may involve the issue to Messrs. **** of a Government typewriter to replace the lost machine.

I am, &c.,

The Secretary, H.M. Treasury.

(Signed) C. R. Brigstocke.

(S.7610.)

SIR,

No. 6.

Treasury Chambers, 28 April 1921.

I have laid before the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, Mr. Brigstocke's letter of 4 February last (A 9085/S.5.), relative to the hire of typewriters by No. 9 Training Depot Station, Royal Air Force, Shawbury.

In reply, I am to transmit for the information of the Air Council a copy of a Report dated the 10th ultimo, which My Lords have received from the Controller of His Majesty's Stationery Office, and in which They concur.

My Lords are authorizing the Controller to effect a settlement of Messrs.

claim

on the best terms possible but They consider that the expenditure involved must be charged to Air Votes, a note of the transaction being made in the Appropriation Account, and They must leave it to the Air Council to defend this expenditure before the Public Accounts Committee.

Copies of this letter have been sent to the Comptroller and Auditor General and to the Stationery Office.

I am, &c.,

Enclosure to Treasury letter No. S.7610 of 28 April 1921. (L.3575/20.)

(Signed) G. L. Barstow.

H.M. Stationery Office, 10 March 1921.

Stationery Office Report.

The hire charges are calculated at £2. 10s. per month. These charges would not be unreasonable for a period of a month or two but for an extended period 20s, would be a reasonable charge.

I have, however, approached Messrs.

and the utmost concession I can obtain from them is a discount of 5 per cent. but this is conditional on the payment of their account by 3 June next.

Should Their Lordships approve I could replace the missing Royal Brief machine from stock at an approximate cost of 147.

Inasmuch as these hirings continued after the Stationery Office was prepared to issue machines and after instructions had been given for all hirings to cease, I am of opinion that the charges after 31 December 1918, which are a waste of public money incurred through the negligence of an Air Officer or Officers, should not be borne on the Stationery Office Vote.

VOTE 8-SUBHEAD E.

(Signed) W. R. Codling.

PERMANENT SCHEME FOR ASSISTANCE OF CROSS-CHANNEL AERIAL SERVICES.

(130473/21 (C.G.C.A.)).

SIR,

No. 7.

Air Ministry, 26 April 1921.

I am commanded by the Air Council to state for the information of the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury, that the Committee, appointed by the late Secretary of State for Air to consider the question of financial assistance for the British Cross Channel Aerial Services, has been studying the problem of formulating a more permanent scheme to replace the present temporary scheme at the earliest possible date. The Committee has examined the various proposals brought forward, and after most careful consideration has recommended, as likely to meet in the most satisfactory manner all the requirements of the case, the scheme outlined below which is now submitted for the approval of Their Lordships. If the scheme proposed is adopted, the Council feel assured that assistance would be given on a progressive basis to general aeronautical development affecting design, construction, and transport, and at the same time the firms to be assisted would be provided with machines and engines of the most advanced commercial types.

The Council are satisfied that, to operate any aerial route on a satisfactory financial basis, it is essential that the company should be equipped with commercial machines of modern type, but the supply of these machines is at present strictly limited and the money is not available for placing orders in advance of immediate requirements.

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