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Twelfth Annual Report of the Purchasing Commission January 1st, 1954, to December 31st, 1954 British Columbia. Legislative Assembly [1955]

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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Twelfth Annual Report of the
Purchasing Commission
January 1st, 1954, to December 31st, 1954
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
1955
  Victoria, B.C., January 7th, 1955.
To His Honour Clarence Wallace, C.B.E.,
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, 1954, to December
31st, 1954. Ill
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 Twelfth Annual Report of the Purchasing
Commission, covering the period January 1st, 1954, to December 31st, 1954.
R. H. SPECK,
Chairman.
C. D. CAMPBELL,
Member.
C. R SWANNELL,
Member.
  Twelfth Annual Report of the Purchasing Commission
For the Year Ended December 31st, 1954
During the past year, prices have shown very little change; however, more and
more firms are quoting on government tenders. Competition has increased steadily
throughout the year, which has enabled the Commission to obtain the best possible
price.   This has greatly increased the work of the staff in general.
Substantial savings have resulted in purchases of road equipment, trucks, and cars
through quantity buying—less frequent but larger orders. Prices of trade-ihs and used
equipment have decreased. However, improvement can be reported concerning the
perpetual inventory for office furniture and equipment. The revised system has eliminated weaknesses previously existing, and the necessary corrective action is being taken.
Improved co-operation by most of the departments has contributed largely toward the
successful operation of this section.
Periodical visits have been maintained to the major institutions for the purpose of
checking stores control. On the occasions when recommendations for improvement
have been made, there is evidence that these are being incorporated.
The use of specifications is being extended, and this year items such as uniforms,
clothing, and boots have been purchased to a given standard. Testing procedures have
been followed, and excellent co-operation has been given by various departmental
laboratories in following them out.
In other institutions the facilities offered by the British Columbia Research Coun-
cil,~Vancouver, and the National Research Council, Ottawa, have been employee^
Langford warehouse has operated throughout the year on a similar basis as in the
past. In 1953-54 the operating profit was $2,000 on a turnover of $165,000. The
turnover is less than the amount recorded in the previous Annual Report, but this is
considered satisfactory and has been brought about by reduced demands throughout the
fire season. The necessity of having sufficient stocks available for immediate supply is,
however, not reduced.
Due to the change in operation of the Hospital Insurance Service, there was a
large surplus of furniture and equipment. This equipment has been placed in other
departments.
Considerable time has been spent this year equipping the following new Government institutions ^Poliomyelitis Pavilion at Pearson HoSjSital, Vancouver; Boys' Industrial School at Brannan Lake; North Lawn Building at Essondale; and the Health
Building, Vancouver.
Under the Dominion-Provincial Health Grant, a large amount of equipment has
been purchased for laboratories throughout the Province, other than Government
operated.
It was necessary for our Vancouver office to take up larger quarters during the
year and move from the Court-house to its present location at 636 Burrard Street.
Mr. R. M. Burns, who was Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance and a member
of the Purchasing Commission, left the service in June to take a position with the
Department of Finance in Ottawa. Mr. C. F. Swannell, Deputy Comptroller-General,
was appointed as member to replace Mr. Burns.
 BRITISH COLUMBIA
U 6
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
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 1952-53 and 1953-54 with figures for tie
first nine months of the 1954-55 fiscal year are set forth hereunder:—
1952-53
1953-54
Apr. 1,1954, to
Dec. 31,1954
Value
Per Cent
Value
Per Cent
Value
PerCent
A. Competitive  . „	
B. Restricted
C. Retail...                       	
D. Wholesale Emergency   ... ...
$13,614,034
1,572,102
481,037
755,173
82.9
9.6
3.0
4.5
$13,691,979
1,467,181
529,813
753,451
83.6
8.8
3.2
4.4
$9,366,353
1,066,469
377,911
546,274
82.6
9.4
3.2
4.8
Totals                 . .
$16,422,346
$16,442,424
	
$11,357,007
— •
Number of orders issued   .
40,601
43,213
31,409
—
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
1955
250-155-4094
  

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