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The relinquishment of the land took place in the latter part of 1919, and the resumption in April, 1925.

In addition to this land, two further adjacent plots were also purchased from other owners for about £5,000.

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Recruiting for the Auxiliary Air Force commenced in the Autumn of the year 1925-26. The expenditure (which can only be roughly estimated for Votes other than Vote 7) was as follows:

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(a) This does not include expenditure in connection with the acquisition of Hendon (a combined station used by the Auxiliary Air Force).

Air Ministry,

(Signed)

W. F. NICHOLSON.

28th June, 1927.

APPENDIX No. 55.

PAPER forwarded by Sir O. A. R. Murray, K.C.B.

ADMIRALTY.

STATEMENT OF VOTE 10 EXPENDITURE ON PROVISION OF OIL FUEL STORAGE. (Qs. 6760-6767.)

£

Total actual expenditure to 31st March, 1926 ...

6,106,558

Total estimated expenditure in 1926 (actual figures not yet

available)

...

Further expenditure included in Navy Estimates for 1927

162,486 203,000

APPENDIX No. 56.

PAPER forwarded by Sir F. G. A. Butler, K.C.M.G., C.B.

FOREIGN OFFICE.

ANGLO-TURKISH MIXED ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL.

(X 4801/1840/505.)

(Qs. 1076-1082.)

The expenditure charged to the Vote for 1925-26, which amounted to four thousand, six hundred and fifty pounds, was made up as follows,

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The arrangements made with the British Member, Agent and Secretary were that they should receive payment of travelling expenses to Constantinople on appointment, and to London on the termination of their services, and once a year on leave, the leave being limited to a period not exceeding eight weeks a year, this being the limit of the vacations of the Tribunal as fixed under Article 95 (4) of the Treaty of Lausanne. The travelling expenses of an official's family are only allowed on appointment and on termination of his employment-not on leave journeys. The total expenditure during the year in respect of travelling

expenses included the journeys to Constantinople of the three abovementioned officials on appointment; one of them, the British agent, was accompanied by his family.

The British member returned to London on leave in August, 1925. He was sent to Paris in connection with the business of the Tribunal in October and returned to London early in November. In the middle of that month he returned to Constantinople, travelling via Copenhagen to discuss matters concerning the Tribunal with the President who had been spending the vacation at his home there. The British member was summoned to London in January, 1926, to discuss certain difficulties which had arisen with the Turkish Government in regard to the establishment and procedure of the Tribunal, and he returned to Constantinople in February.

The British Agent returned to London on leave in August, 1925, with his family (who will not again return to Constantinople at the public expense) and, with the exception of a period of leave which did not exceed eight weeks, was continuously occupied in London and Paris in the investigation of British cases to be brought before the Commission and in consultation with various Departments (Treasury Solicitor, Board of Trade, &c.) regarding those cases until his return to Constantinople in May, 1926.

The British Secretary did not return to London at all in 1925.
Foreign Office, S.W.1.

21st July, 1927.

APPENDIX No. 57.

PAPER forwarded by Sir Lionel Earle, K.C.B., K.C.V.O., C.M.G.

H.M. OFFICE OF WORKS.

ADMIRALTY RESEARCH BUILDING.
(Qs. 647-652.)

The work originally contemplated provided for the construction of a roof approximately 96 feet long by 37 feet wide over a tank used by the Admiralty for important secret experiments, together with external walls where the tank structure was not adjacent to existing buildings, and the formation of a short length of road to provide better access.

While the work was in progress the Admiralty asked for the construction of a rocking platform "for special experiments, and this involved considerable modification in the work of roofing and the provision of heavy steel stanchions and foundations to carry the moving load of the platform. It further necessitated the covering in of part of the area originally intended for use as a roadway.

In the end, the only road work carried out was a certain amount of patching and making good at the entrance to the buildings. The cost of this was approximately £17, the remainder of the expenditure being in respect of the re-roofing and other building work.

The total cost has amounted to £3,695, against an estimate for the work as originally planned of £3,548.

APPENDIX No. 58.

PAPER forwarded by Sir Lionel Earle, K.C.B., K.C.V.O., C.M.G.

H.M. OFFICE OF WORKS.

MISCELLANEOUS RECEIPTS.

(Q. 971.)

Rents of official residences form only one item in this Section of the Subhead for Appropriations-in-Aid, which, as its title indicates, covers receipts of a miscellaneous character.

The amount received in respect of official residences was £191 16s. 1d., the balance of £1,150 3s. 2d. brought to account under the section being made up of receipts from Local Authorities for expenses incurred by the Office of Works in connection with abortive Housing Schemes, copies of plans, tracings, etc., the cost of which is charged to licencees of freeboard, easements, etc., fees for party wall awards, and other items of a casual character. Receipts under these heads do not admit of even approximate estimating. The provision of £100 in 1925-26 was increased to £400 in the following year and to £1,000 for the year 1927.

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These figures include Sites, Buildings and Plant at Sub Stations, and main cables as laid. Most of the plant outside the main Power Station will be retained under the bulk supply scheme. The figures include certain new plant which has been installed at Mount Pleasant and elsewhere in connexion with the new scheme.

General Post Office,

22nd July, 1927.

APPENDIX No. 60.

PAPER forwarded by Sir Henry Bunbury, K.C.B.

GENERAL POST OFFICE.

PROPORTION OF SUPERVISING STAFF TO TELEGRAPH OPERATING STAFF.

(Qs. 517-520.)

In the following figures, which relate to the year 1925-26 and cover the whole country, supervising staff comprises the whole of the Indoor Supervising grades and includes staff of supervising grades not wholly employed on the direct supervision of operating staff. Operating staff excludes in statement A, and includes in statement B, girl probationers, who are employed on envelope addressing and the internal circulation of telegrams between receiving and dispatching points. It also includes the counter staff engaged in accepting telegrams from the public.

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Expenditure is included in Appropriation Accounts or in the Finance Accounts of the United Kingdom in 1925-6 as follows::

Finance Accounts.

Page 43.

Payments to Northern Ireland Exchequer under
Section 34 (1) of the Government of Ireland Act, 1920 ...
Page 43. Payment under the Unemployment Insurance
(Northern Ireland Agreement) Act, 1926

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£

161,000

685,000

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