This amount is required for the payment in the fiscal year 1925-26 of the rental of the Bell Telephone Company's 'connections throughout the several departments of the government in the city of Ottawa. The increase of $2,000 is due to" the following: An increase of 74 in the number of telephones at a coat of $1,894.20; and, an increase in the cost of P.B.N. equipment, $262.68, making a .total of $2,000.
We had a discussion of this last year or the year before, and I understood that on account of the introduction of a new block system there was going to foe quite an economy effected. Has there been 'any saving?
We have immigration buildings all over the Dominion, and this is for their maintenance and repair. We had an. item a few moments agio with respect to the immigration building in Winnipeg. That was an unknown quantity, and the architect placed that amount in the estimates to be voted directly by parliament. The present vote is like our harbours and rivers vote. It is a general vote to take care of any repairs that may be required during the year.
Item agreed1 to.
Fittings, general supplies and furniture, $125,000.
This appropriation is $25,000 more than for 1924-1925 because it was found that the amount of $100,000 was insufficient to meet the demands. This appropriation was exhausted at the end of December, 1924, with the result that the requirements for the last three months have been unprovided for. In 1914-15, $160,000 was voted under this item, and $90,000 expended. The amount runs .from that up to as high as $145,000 per year.