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The Eighth Report Fees, Gratuities, Perquisites Ireland

21/02/1809

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Duties.] ON F E E S , G R A T U I T I E S , & c. Printing in the year ending 5th January 1808, amount to £. 26,426. 12/. 4 id., which exceeded their joint expence under the lame head for the year ending 5th January 1804, by the fum of JT. 9,008. 7 s. 2 d. We Appendix, 59. > underftand that the expence of the Englifh Excife, under the head of • Stationary, amounted in the year ending 5th January 180S to 18,563. - and that the whole, except a few trifling articles, was fupplied from the • King's Stationary Office : when we contrail this with the like head of - expence in the Irilh Excife, amounting, as juft ftated, to £. 19,622. ' 6 j. 1 $ d., and confider the greatly liiperior extent of the Englifh EXcile both as to amount of Receipt, variety of articles fubjeCt to Dutv, and the number of Diftri& s in which the collection is made, we may reafonably infer either that great wafte has exifted in the diftribution of the Sta- tionary in the Irilh Excife, or that the articles fupplied have been charged at much higher rates than thofe paid in England ; both caufes have pro- bably operated. In correction of the latter, though we have fuggefted the expediency of inviting competition by public biddings, we think it may well deferve confideration, whether a further and much greater • laving may not be derived from the eftablifhment of a Stationary Office in Ireland, on the fame principle as that in England, for the fupply of Stationary, not only to the Revenue Departments, but to the other public Offices. This Office, called the King's Stationary Office, provides the requifite articles of Stationary, together with ruling, binding, printing, & c. on the cheapeft terms, and fupplies the different public Offices with them at prime coft, the fole charge to the Public being the expence of the Eftablifhment. We annex the Regulations under which this Efta- blifhment is conducted, along with the expence of its Officers ; whether thefavingto be derived from fuch an Eftablifhment would be foconfider- able as fully to compenfate its expence on a fcale - applicable to this ' Country, we have had neither the time or means, fince this head of ex- penditure came under our confideration, to afcertain with fiifficient precifion ; but we may be allowed to prefhme that fuch an Office would not have been fo long continued in England, were it not productive of important advantages. There appears to be only one Patentee Officer Appendix, N* 62. ill Ireland, for fupplying any of the public Offices with Stationary ; he . ftates, that he charges the retail prices, according to the rates fixed once a year by the general body of Stationers in Dublin ; and that he has no doubt, but that the feveral articles could be purchaled by wholefale con- fiderably cheaper, in proportion therefore to the extent of his fupply, a conliderable faving might be effeCted. Should means, however, be devifed of his fupplying the different public Offices with the requifite Stationary on the cheapeft terms, much abufe mav ftill exift, unlefs its diftribution be managed with due care and correCtnefs; and we feel 110 hefitation in ftating, that a very repre- herifible negligence has prevailed in the management both of the receipt and rffue of the Stationary for thefe Departments. It appears, from the Appendix, 1^ 63. examination of one of the Officers charged with the fuperintendance of the Stationary Stores, that whenever the Stationer is unprovided with a quantity of Stationary fufficientto anfwer the demand made under the Board's warrant, it has been the pra& ice of the Office to certify the re- ceipt of the whole, upon the Stationer giving an acknowledgment for 52. D J fucti Appendix-, Nl,' 6o & c 61.
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