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CLASS I.-continued.

VOTE 8.—REVENUE BUILDINGs—continued.

Eaccesses. Grant. Eaccess.

£. 8. d. £. s. d.

K 1 (1) Eastern District. Post Office. 12,000 – – 4,959 – –
, (8) Shepherd's Bush. Sorting Office. 1,150 – – 2,285 – –
, (23) Buxton. New Post , 3,000 – – 822 – —
, (35) Lichfield. >> xx 1,000 — – 684 – –
, (45) Peterborough. Extension. 1,000 – – 1,113. – —
, (46) Portsmouth. » 500 – – 569 – —
, (49) Southampton. Telegraph Office. 500 – – 401 – —

7. As will be seen from the statement of “New Works, &c.,”, the plan adopted in the Proposed

three previous yo, of providing a lump sum in the Estimate under the head of Works. “Proposed Works," to be spent upon New Works to be selected by the Board, from a list included in the Estimate, has again been followed in the year 1905–6. Provision was made for the sum of 76,000l., whilst the expenditure amounted only to 30,647 l. 12s. 2d. showing a saving of 45,352l. In their Minute of 11th December 1905 the Treasury expressed the view that, so far as circumstances permit, information should be given to Parliament not only of the total estimated cost of each separate work, but also of the amount to be expended on it in the year of Estimate. As explained to the Public Accounts Committee, 1906, this recommendation was not carried out in the Estimates 1905-6, but in the Estimates for 1906–7, both the total Estimated cost and the provision for the year are shown out separately for each Proposed New Work.

8. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 87,255l. 19s. 8d. Surplus. £. s. d. Grant (Gross) - - - - - - - - 637,270 – — Expenditure (Gross) - - - - - - 552,030 4 4 Net Surplus - - - £. 85,239 15 8 Add

Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the Estimate 2,016 4 –

Total Amount to be Surrendered - - - £. 87,255 19 8

John A. Kempe,
Comptroller and Auditor General.

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ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted for Expenditure in respect of sundry PUBLIC BUILDINGs in GREAT BRITAIN, not provided for on other Votes, in the Year ended 31 March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.

SERVICE.

A.—New Works, Alterations, Additions, and
Purchases - - - - -

A.A.—Annuities -
B.—Maintenance and Repairs - - -
C.—Rents, Insurance, Tithe Rent-Charges, &c.
D.—Caretakers, &c. - - - - -
E.—Fuel, Light, and Household Articles -
F.—Supply of Water .

G.--Furniture

Deduct,
H.—Appropriations in Aid - - - -

Expenditure compared with Grant. GRANT. ExPENDITURE. Less More than Granted. than Granted. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. 81,670 – – 67,043 11 6 14,626 8 6 57,817 – – 57,816 2 – – 18 — 95,844 – – | 97,163 11 2 | - - | 1,319 11 2 127,594 – – | 123,336 16 9 || 4,257 3 3 10,790 – – 10,541 10 9 248 9 3 80,120 – – 80,093 10 7 26 9 5 6,230 – – 6,458 10 11 - - 228 10 11 30,540 – — 33,237 16 3 || - - 2,697 16 3 |- - GRoss ToTAL - £. 490,605 – – |475,691 9 11 |19,159 8 5|4,245 18 4 `--~! Net Surplus of Gross Estimate over Expenditure. 4. 14,913 10 1 Defici f A iations Estimated. | Realised. | “... ." 26,605 – – 24,780 16 – £. 1,824 4 –

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CLASS I.-continwed.

Vote 9.—PUBLIC BUILDINGS, GREAT BRITAIN––continued.

ExPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

A.—See Statement of New Works.
AA.

B.—Casual variation.

C.—The cost of additional accommodation was less than had been anticipated, and various changes were made during the year which reduced the charge under this Sub-Head. ... •

D.—Casual variation.
E.—Ditto.

F.—There was an increase in the quantity of water taken from the Public Mains due to a breakdown at the Government Waterworks.

G.—The excess is mainly due to the purchase of furniture of historic interest at Walmer Castle to be retained in that Building, which is now open to public inspection, and to unforeseen expenditure in connection with the furnishing of the official residence of the First Lord of the Admiralty, rendered necessary by change in occupation.

H.—The sum of 7,000l. was included under this Head in respect of the Contribution towards the cost of the new Magnetic Observatory at Eskdale Muir; the expenditure for the year, however, fell short of anticipation, amounting to 2,752l, only, a corresponding amount being received as the proportion of the total contribution. On the other hand the receipts from sales of old materials and miscellaneous sources exceeded expectation and a sum of 1,250l. was received in respect of a sale of property for which no provision had been made.

NOTE.

A kiosk originally erected in the grounds of the Imperial Institute by the Government of New Zealand, was inadvertently sold by the Board for 10l., the cost of pulling down and removal being payable by the purchasers. The New Zealand Government, however, claimed it as their structure, and it was subsequently repurchased for 591, and handed over to their representative.

COMPENSATION FOR TERMINATION OF CONTRACT.

The sum of 15l. 9s. was, with Treasury authority, paid as compensation for termination of contract for supply of rough slack coal for the boilers at the Imperial Institute.

The Surplus of 12,325l. 11s. 6d., shown on the Account of the Vote “Public Buildings,” for the year ended 31 March 1905, has been surrendered.

His Majesty's Office of Works, *) Schomberg K. McDonnell, 29 November 1906. Accounting Officer.

I certify that this Account has been examined under my directions, and is correct.

Examined, - John A. Kempe,
C. H. Archibald. Comptroller and Auditor General.

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CLASS I.-continued.

Wote 9.--PUBLIC BUILDINGS, GREAT BRITAIN–comtinued.

STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURE

Balance.

Section. DESCRIPTION. Wote. Expenditure. —T-
Unexpended. Excess.
£. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d.
Admiralty :
A 1 Erection of Official Residences of the First 10,000 5,460 – 11 |4,539 19 1 || - -

Lord of the Admiralty and the Senior

Naval Lord, in lieu of existing residences

to be appropriated to Official business. Barry Dock, Mercantile Marine Offices :

2 Erection of New Offices - - - - 1,700 328 12 — 1,371 8 - || -

Leicester Probate Registry: 3 Acquisition of Site and erection of Building 540 74 16. 7 || 465 3 5 || -

London, Albert Docks, Mercantile Marine
Offices:

4 Erection of New Offices - - - - 3,500 3,058 12 10 441 7 2 | -

London University, Imperial Institute:

5 Rearrangement of the Heating and Lighting 11,325 11,118 3 9 206 16 3 || - Plant, and extension for the supply to the foyal College of Science. Erection of a new Power House, construction of a Subway across Imperial Institute road for the conveyance of eating pipes and eables to the Royal College of Science.

National Debt Office : 7 Removal to Bank Buildings - - 1,300 1,619 12 1 || - - 319 12 1

Newcastle-on-Tyne, Mercantile Marine Offices:

8 Purchase of Site and erection of Building - 1,500 2,908 1 11 || - 1,408 l 11

Public Statues:

9 Casting the Statue of “Physical Energy,” by 2,000 402 3 8 1,597 16 4 || - the late Mr. G. F. Watts, R.A.

Royal Courts of Justice: 11 \| Re-arrangement of Electric Light Plant, - - 41 1 - || - - 41 l – 1904–5 s new Storage Battery, including Mains Buildings, Switchboard. Royal Mint:

10 Alterations to provide for increased Boiler 1,500 1,307 4 3 192 15 9 || - Accommodation.

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The work was delayed by the difficulty experienced in ordering iron work sufficiently early owing to the character of the building. A re-vote is taken in 1906–7.

The expenditure chargeable to this Service up to 31st March 1905, proved considerably more than had been anticipated when the Étimate for the year was framed, the result being a saving on this year's provision.

Saying due to an adjustment of account between the Probate Registry and the other departments housed in the joint building.

When the Estimate for the year was framed, it was not anticiated that so large a proportion of the total expenditure would ave fallen upon the previous year, as proved to be the case.

Casual variation.

Alterations had to be carried out which were not anticipated when the Estimate was framed. . The cost of fitting up electric light has been charged to this Section instead of to the general provision under Section 18, although no amount was included in the original estimate for the work in respect thereof.

The work was delayed during 1904–5, on cecount of difficulties encountered in connection with the foundations; hence, the proportion of the whole expenditure falling upon this year, is in excess of anticipation. The total cost has been increased owing to the additional measures of precaution, rendered necessary by the unsatisfactory nature of the sub-soil.

FOR NEW WORKS, &c., 1905–1
£. s. d.
Total Estimate - 5,400 -
Expenditure to 31
March 1906 - 4,876 19 6
Balance - £. 523 – 6
Total Estimate - 1,520 - -
Expenditure to 31
March 1906 - 1,531 14 9
Excess - £. 11 14 9
-
Total Estimate - 9,700 - -
Expenditure to 31
March 1906 - 10,184 13 9
Excess - £. 484 13 9
Total Estimate - 5,200 - -
Expenditure to 31
March 1906 - 5,590 4 2
Excess - £. 390 4 2
Total Estimate 2,550 - -
Expenditure to 31
March 1906 - 2,687 13 3
Excess - £. 137 13 3
Total Estimate 10,000 — –
Expenditure to 31
arch, 1906 - 10,024 15 —
Excess - £. 24 15 -
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