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Wednesday, 3 April 1957

Mr DAVIDSON - I lay on the table the following papers: -

Postmaster-General's Department - Forty-sixth Annual Report, for year 1955-56.

Financial and Statistical Bulletin, for year 1955-56.

I ask for leave to make a short statement on the bulletin.

Leave granted.

Mr DAVIDSON - In previous years it has been the practice to append to the annual report of the Postmaster-General a number of statistical tables and financial statements. The value of this information to honorable members is undoubted, but it has been found that its preparation has tended to delay the presentation of the report to Parliament. I have therefore decided that, commencing with this year, the annual report will be confined to matters descriptive of the work and progress of the department, major developments in the postal and telecommunications fields and a brief financial summary.

The former statistical and financial appendices to the report have been published as a separate document under the title of the " Financial and Statistical Bulletin ". In addition, they have been expanded to give a more detailed statistical picture of the department's activities. Thispractice will continue in future. On thisoccasion, the bulletin is presented to theParliament at the same time as the report. In future years, it is intended that the report will be presented earlier in the financial year and the bulletin as soon as it can be prepared, but at a subsequent date. This will avoid any delay in presenting the report.

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