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Thirteenth Annual Report of the Purchasing Commission January 1st to December 31st 1955 British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1956

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 PROVINCE   OF  BRITISH  COLUMBIA
Thirteenth Annual Report of the
Purchasing Commission
January 1st to December 31st
1955
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
1956  Victoria, B.C., January 16th, 1955.
To His Honour Frank Mackenzie Ross, C.M.G., M.C.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
Herewith I beg respectfully to submit the Annual Report of the Purchasing Commission of the Department of Finance for the period January 1st, 1955, to December
31st, 1955.
W. A. C. BENNETT,
Minister of Finance.
The Honourable W. A.C. Bennett,
Minister of Finance, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—We have the honour to submit the Thirteenth Annual Report of the Purchasing Commission, covering the period January 1st, 1955, to December 31st, 1955.
C. F. SWANNELL,
A cting-Chairman.
C. D. CAMPBELL,
Member.  Thirteenth Annual Report of the Purchasing Commission
Year Ending December 31st, 1955
The past year has been one of continual price increases in most commodities. At
the same time, competition has steadily increased, and this, together with further extension
in the use of specifications and of bulk buying, has enabled the Commission to obtain the
best possible prices.
Expansion in Government activities, combined with the rising prices noted, has
resulted in an increase of almost 10 per cent in the dollar volume of purchases during
the nine-month period ended December 31st, 1955, as compared with the similar period
in the previous year.
The conjunction of all these factors has resulted in a notable increase in the volume
of work, and high praise must be extended to the employees of the Commission for
the manner in which they have carried out their duties under this constant pressure.
The policy of bulk buying, with resultant savings for the Government, has been
successfully maintained with respect to road equipment, trucks and cars, and has been
extended, wherever possible, to other lines. This policy is linked with that of increased
use of specifications, extended in the past year to car and truck chains, cutlery, soap
and soap powders, brushes and paint-brushes, among others, and to standardization of
equipment where feasible.
The control of stores and office furniture and equipment has been maintained
through the medium of periodic visits to the major institutions. Spot inventory checks
and examinations of the methods of store-keeping are being followed up, and excellent
co-operation with the departments has been secured. This service has been extended
to the Department of Highways garages.
The Purchasing and Stores Co-ordinator has disposed of all surplus equipment,
including vehicles, tractors, worn-out road machinery, and furniture, with minor exceptions. The surplus furniture from the Hospital Insurance Service has now been completely disposed of. In addition, the Purchasing and Stores Co-ordinator, working in
close conjunction with the British Columbia Toll Highways and Bridges Authority, has
been responsible for the sale or other disposition of houses and buildings on the
approaches to various bridges under construction.
Langford warehouse, operating on the same basis as in past years, shows an operating profit of $6,750 in 1954-55 on total sales of $177,000.
The Business Machine Service Division has continued to serve and maintain all
typewriters, adding-machines, and other office machines at a high standard of efficiency.
It has a very heavy schedule.
Our Vancouver office, in addition to the routine purchase of food, hospital and
maintenance supplies for the various institutions concentrated around Vancouver, has
been responsible for equipping new institutions, including the Child Guidance Clinic
and day-hospital, South Burnaby.
Mr. R. H. Speck, Chairman of the Commission, died on October 11th, 1955. His
death was a distinct loss to the organization in which he had served so long, and he will
be missed by all who knew him, in both the business and the personal sense. Pending
appointment of a new Chairman, Mr. C. F. Swannell, Deputy Comptroller-General and
member of the Commission, has been made Acting-Chairman. Y 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA
STATISTICAL RECORDS
Statistical records have been maintained in the present year, as follows:—
A. Competitive.—Purchases from manufacturers and wholesalers which are
placed on a basis of competitive quotes on prices, including those purchases made on the basis of information obtained from unit price cards.
B. Restricted.—Purchases from manufacturers or wholesalers for which unit
prices are fixed, or where for some special conditions of source of supply
the buyer is limited to one supplier.
C. Retail.—All purchases from retail establishments, including retail emer
gency purchases.
D. Wholesale Emergency.—Orders placed with a wholesaler or manufacturer
by means of emergency purchase order.
Comparative figures for the fiscal years  1953-54,  1954-55, and the first nine
months of the fiscal years 1953, 1954, and 1955 are set forth hereunder:—
Purchases by Fiscal Years
1953-54
1954-55
Value
Per Cent
Value
Per Cent
A. Competitive	
$13,691,979
1,467,181
529,813
753,451
83.6
8.8
3.2
4.4
$13,719,144
1,547,028
516,784
820,773
82.64
9.31
C. Rrtnil
3.11
D. Wholesale Emergency  	
4.94
Totals    _ ..
$16,442,424
100.0
$16,603,729
100.00
Number of orders issued:   1953-54, 43,213;   1954-55, 42,374.
Purchases for the First Nine Months
1953-54
1954-55
1955-56
Value
Per Cent
Value
Per Cent
Value
Per Cent
A. Competitive.
B. Restricted	
C. Retail  - ..
D. Wholesale Emergency	
$9,053,705
878,177
398,311
469,258
83.9
8.1
3.7
4.3
$9,366,353
1,066,469
377,911
546,274
82.6
9.4
3.2
4.8
$10,370,994
1,184,097
339,989
582,484
83.12
9.49
2.72
4.67
Totals  —
$10,799,451
100.0
$11,357,007
100.0
$12,477,564
100.00
Number of orders issued:   1953-54, 32,261;   1954-55, 31,409;   1955-56, 32,010.
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
1956
260-156-8735  

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