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Twenty-eighth Annual Report of the PURCHASING COMMISSION JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 31 1970 British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1971

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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Twenty-eighth Annual Report of the
PURCHASING COMMISSION
JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 31
1970
Printed by K. M. MacDonald, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1971
  Victoria, British Columbia, January 21, 1971.
To Colonel the Honourable John R. Nicholson, P.C., O.B.E., Q.C., LL.D.,
Lieutenant-Governor oj the Province oj 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 1, 1970 to
December 31, 1970.
W. A. C. BENNETT
Minister oj Finance
 The Honourable W. A. C. Bennett,
Minister oj Finance, Victoria, British Columbia.
Sir: We have the honour to submit the Twenty-eighth Annual Report of the
Purchasing Commission, covering the period January 1, 1970 to December 31, 1970.
R. G. McKEE
Chairman
A. E. WEBB
Member
L. J. WALLACE
Member
 Twenty-eighth Annual Report of the
Purchasing Commission
January 1 to December 31, 1970
GENERAL
As stated in previous Annual Reports, the total purchases under the Act include
purchases made by the divisions of those departments with authority to purchase
delegated under section 10 of the Act. Records for these divisions are therefore
included in the table below.
Department and Division
Number of Purchase Orders
Total Value of Purchase Orders
1969
1970
1969
1970
2,414
1,036
183
3,338
47,465
2,039
879
141
3,097
43,587
$3,527,330
14,140
60,210
2,206,080
54,663,200
$5,092,400
Provincial Secretary—
11,300
64,930
(c)  Queen's Printer  _	
Finance—Purchasing Commission—For all de-
2,073,370
53,869,400
Totals ...  	
54,436
49,743
$60,470,960
$61,111,400
It will be noted that the total value of purchases in 1970, as shown above,
exceeds 1969, a record year, by $640,440. The overage is due in part to inflation
and the increase in the Textbook Branch purchases during 1970. It has been
explained that the reason for such increase is the upward revision of curricula.
It will also be noted that the number of purchase orders issued directly by the
Commission in 1970 are 3,878 less than the previous year, which is a reflection
of the tight-money situation felt generally throughout the Province.
Again, to illustrate the value of bulk buying, a public viewing of tenders on
237 trucks for the Department of Highways was held in Vancouver on March 16,
1970. The total cost of this equipment, ranging from one-half ton to four tons
in size, was over $900,000. Similarly, invitations to quote on the Department of
Highways' tire requirements for the year were issued on a quarterly basis, which
totalled over 5,000 tires and 2,400 tubes. Again, in both cases, exceptionally low
prices were obtained.
As usual, the value of emergency purchase orders is included in the above
figures, but the number of them, 25,643 for 1970, is not, as their total value is less
than 5 per cent. Hence, to include them would give a distorted picture of the
average value of purchase orders.
STAFF
There were in all 63 permanent employees on the staff of the Commission,
including 15 in the Vancouver office and 3 at the Langford Warehouse. In addition
there are two mechanic trainees paid by the Department of Education for maintenance of vocational school equipment.
 T 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA
In the last two years five (40 per cent) of the well-trained mechanics in the
Business Machines Service Division left for better-paid work in industry. These
men each took with them six to eight years of in-service training, hence maintenance
on 12,000 business machines scattered throughout the Province is far from adequate.
These men left because of incorrect classification and insufficient pay. The former
has been corrected by the Civil Service Commission and the latter, it is hoped, will
be on April 1, 1971.
BUSINESS MACHINES SERVICE DIVISION
This Division was set up 28 years ago to service the Government-owned business machines throughout the Province. At that time the Division was responsible
for the maintenance of 1,032 machines, whereas the following table shows that the
present total is 12,351. The bulk of this equipment is serviced by the staff, but, as
explained in section 6.25 of the Purchasing Commission Manual, a small percentage
of custom-made or specialized equipment is serviced on a contract basis by the
firms concerned.
Again, to illustrate how the machine population is growing, two tables are given
below to show that in the calendar year 1970 the increase was 5.4 per cent or 624
machines.   This is less growth than last year and reflects the tight-money situation.
Table 1—Machines as at December 31, 1969
Type of Machine
Number in
Departmental
Offices
Number in
Vocational
Schools
Number in
B.C. Institute
of Technology
Total
Number
4,950
2,127
1,742
948
604
238
148
328
94
360
51
127
5,648
2,725
1,941
1,403
Adding-machines and printing-calculators  —	
Dictation/transcription equipment and tape recorders .
Miscellaneous equipment—posting, bookkeeping, cash
Totals as at December 31, 1969 _.	
9,767
10.7
1,318
8.3
632
5.8
11,717
10.1
Table 2—Machines as at December 31,1970
Type of Machine
Number in
Departmental
Offices
Number in
Vocational
Schools
Number in
B.C. Institute
of Technology
Total
Number
Typewriters (25.8 per cent electric)—	
Adding-machines and printing-calculators	
Dictation/transcription equipment and tape recorders
Miscellaneous equipment—posting, bookkeeping, cash
registers, etc  — 	
Totals as at December 31,1970	
Percentage increase in 12 months 	
5,095
2,211
1,960
982
682
270
163
335
98
376
51
128
10,248
4.9
1,450
10.0
653
3.3
5,875
2,857
2,174
1,445
12,351
5.4
From the above tables, and again as a sign of the times, the increase in the
more sophisticated equipment is evident. Actually, the net increase in typewriters
purchased during the year is 130 electric at an average cost of $429 versus 97
manual at an average cost of $145.
Similarly, for comparison with last year's report, the following calculators
were purchased in 1970: 5 rotary calculators with an average cost of $350; 23
printing-calculators at an average cost of $680; 28 electronic calculators at an
average cost of $1,570.
 REPORT OF PURCHASING COMMISSION
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THE VANCOUVER OFFICE
The functions of the Vancouver office of the Purchasing Commission are fully
explained in chapter 5 of the manual. Suffice it to say here that the staff of nine,
under the able guidance of Mr. T. L. Vardy, Purchasing Agent 4, again had a
successful year.
The transfer of the additional buyer from the Deas Dock office of the Department of Highways to our Vancouver office proved most satisfactory.
THE SURPLUS MATERIALS DISPOSAL SECTION
It is the responsibility of the Commission to sell all equipment and property
declared in writing to be surplus by the department concerned. Efforts are, of
course, first made to ensure that such surplus equipment cannot be used to advantage by some other department before advertising same for sale. The functions
of this section are fully described in chapter 7 of the Purchasing Manual.
Again the bulk of the work done by the Disposal Section was for the Department of Highways, as shown in the following breakdown:
For Department of Highways—
(a) Equipment and scrap     $89,910
(b) Houses and chattels (rights-of-way)        63,390
For other departments       47,900
Total value
$201,200
LANGFORD WAREHOUSE
The functions of this warehouse are fully described in chapter 7 of the
Purchasing Manual.
It is operated as a service to all departments on a $10 vote with approved
gross stores purchases of $400,000. The turnover in 1969 was $479,300 and in
1970, $446,300. The overages in both years are explained by extra purchases of
fire-fighting equipment for these bad forest-fire years.
CONCLUSION
The Commission again gratefully acknowledges the specialized purchasing done
under delegated authority by the Queen's Printer, the Director of the Textbook
Branch, the Provincial Librarian and Archivist, and the Superintendent of the
Library Development Commission.
Printed by K. M. MacDonald, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1971
180-171-487

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