Committee Reports::Interim and Final Report - Appropriation Accounts 1940 - 1941::16 July, 1942::Appendix



In the course of my examination before the Committee of Public Accounts on the 17th instant, I undertook to furnish a note on the arrangements for micro-photography by Government Departments.

A “Graflex” micro-photographic apparatus was installed in the Office of the Revenue Commissioners in August, 1939, and the various Departments were informed that it would be available for use by any other Department needing it. At the same time, to give departments an additional means of duplicating essential records cheaply and compactly, a “Recordak” micro-camera was rented by the Stationery Office. The “Recordak” machine works about three times as speedily as the “Graflex”, at about 40 per cent. of the running cost, and concentrates its photographs in about one-third of the space; it cannot, however, photograph large documents and those bound in book form for which work the “Graflex” is needed.

By March, 1941, no further work remained for the “Recordak” and it was returned to the hirers. The “Graflex” apparatus remains in the Office of the Revenue Commissioners where it is mainly occupied in reproducing Estate Duty documents.

Sanction was given in July, 1941, for the purchase of a “Graflex” machine for the National Library to enable manuscript and other material dealing with Irish history, language and literature, at present preserved in public and private collections, to be reproduced. Owing to war conditions it has been impossible to get delivery of this apparatus.

Ordnance maps in the Land Registry could not, on account of their size, be copied by either of the micro-film cameras mentioned above; they were accordingly photographed on contract by a Dublin firm who had a special camera suitable for taking very small exposures of maps.

(Signed) J. J. McELLIGOTT,

Accounting Officer.

Department of Finance,

30adh Meitheamh, 1942.