AFO 1410/1922.—Telegrams, Inland—Expenditure.

(M. 20826.— 19.5.1922.)

The Treasury has decided that provision is to be made in the Navy Estimates in future for the repayment to the Post Office of the cost of telegrams sent on Naval Service after 31st March, 1922.

2. Arrangements have accordingly been made for a careful scrutiny of all telegrams sent on Admiralty Service with a view to reducing the expenditure on telegrams to a minimum. Officers authorising the despatch of telegrams will be responsible for seeing that such messages relate solely to Service matters, that they are worded as concisely as possible and are sent only in circumstances of real urgency.

3. In order to facilitate the checking of the expenditure on inland telegrams, the Home Station has been divided into the following groups, which correspond to the limits of the various Home Commands :—

  1. .—Admiralty (including A.C.R.).
  2. .—The Nore.
  3. .— Portsmouth.
  4. .—Devonport (including the Western Approaches Command).
  5. .—Coast of Scotland.
  6. .—Atlantic Fleet.
  7. .—Auxiliary Patrol and Fishery Protection Flotilla.

4. From 1st April, 1922, therefore, the forms for all Service inland telegrams sent over Post Office lines should be clearly marked “ Admiralty B,” “ Admiralty D ,” etc., according to the group in which the message originates. This marking can be done in MS. or by a rubber stamp.

5. Ships belonging to the Atlantic Fleet should use the marking “ Admirafty F.” Other ships in Home Waters should mark the forms according to the group in which the message is handed in at a Post Office.

6. When outlying establishments such as recruiting offices, etc., and Officers on detached duty, e.g., Overseers, are not connected with the organisation of any Command Area, they will be placed under Group A (Admiralty headquarters) and messages emanating from those Officers and establishments should be marked “ Admiralty A.”

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