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- - - - - Excess due mainly to the heavy legal charges and other fees connected with the acquisition of the ground necessary for the widening of the gateway.

- - - - - - - Thisgo was postponed ; a re-vote was taken for the year 1906–7.

- - - - - - Casual variation.

o 1% } £ 1,432 4 8 || This excess was caused by the erection of plant pits for which no 1.

provision had been made, but the urgent necessity for which was strongly pressed by the Regius Keeper in view of the difficulty experienced in affording proper protection to plants in the winter, and also to the fact that work in the previous year was so delayed that charges expected to fall on that year did not mature until after the close thereof.

Total Estimate - £. 150 - - | Provision was made in the previous year, but the accounts for

Expenditure to 134 8 3 the bulk of the expenditure could not be disposed of before 31st March 1906 the close of that year. Balance - £. 15 11 9 Total Estimate : £. 500 - - | Remanet. Some charges expected to fall on the previous year's Expenditure to } 492 12 4 Vote did not come in course of payment till after the close 31st March 1906 thereof. Balance - £, 7 7 8 - - - - - - - ..This was a work of an urgent character undertaken in the interests of the public. - - - - - Casual variation. - - - - - - - Casual variation. - - - - - - - . The area enclosed was smaller than had at first been intended. Total Estimate - £. 120 – – The excess is due to the fact that much of the old materials, Expenditure, to "" ) 214 6 9 which it had been expected would have been re-used, was

31st March 1906

found to be in such a o: condition as to necessitate its Excess - £. 94 6 9

being replaced by new, and to unforeseen expense which had to be incurred in respect of the drainage. The progress of the work was hindered by these difficulties, with the result

that the service could not be completed until after 31st March 1905.

- - - - - - - This expenditure was incurred in connection with the removal and re-erection of fencing, and the alteration of #. &c., to facilitate the ingress and egress of the troops and the general public.

CLASS I.-continued. WOTE 3.—Roy AL PARKS AND PLEASURE GARDENs—continued. STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURE Balance. Section. Description Wote. Expenditure. Unexpended. Excess. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. Brought forward - - - 1,740 – — 2,557 13 8 628 7 2 1,446 – 10 Kew Gardens: 9 Construction of three additional W.C.'s at 140 — — 146 11 5 - 6 11 5 Pavilion Cloak Room. 10 Installation of Electric Light in Offices, 250 - - 88 3 7 | 161 16 5 Laboratory, &c. Extension of Stable Buildings, &c. - - - 236 3 – - 236 3 – Linlithgow Peel : 11 Public Conveniences - - - - - 140 - 101 15 10 38 4 2 Regent's Park : 12 New Iron Bridge - - - - - 1,500 – — 1,118 – – 382 – — 13 Purchase and Repair of Refreshment 1,000 — — 1,360 – — - 360 – — Kiosks. Richmond Park: 14 Opening up Woods - - - 100 – 84 2 6 15 17 6 St. James's, Green and Hyde Parks: 15 Erection of Marquee Bandstand - - 120 – — 112 5 6 7 14 6 16 Reconstruction of Frame Ground - - 2,350 — — 1,911 3 9 || 438 16 3 17 Improvements in the Mall, including drain- - 16 6 1 - 16 6 1 1903–4 age, wood paving, planting trees, construction of ride and new footpaths, lighting, &c. Various Parks : 17 Minor Works - - - - - - 1,580 - - 976 8 11 || 603 11 1 8,920 – – 8,708-14 3 2,276 7 1 |2,065 1 4 Net Saving - - - £. 211 5 9

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CLASS I.-continued.

VOTE 3.

ROYAL PARKS AND PLEASURE GARDENS.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.

Excess. 1. ExPENDITURE in excess of the Estimate has taken place under Sub-Head F.

New 2. A Special Sub-Head, H1 “Compensation for Injuries,” has been opened for the

Sub-Head. H. of recording the exceptional expenditure explained by the Accounting Officer. his payment was made with the concurrence of the Treasury.

New Works. 3. A Statement of Expenditure on “New W.orks, &c.,” included under Sub-Head E,

** is appended to the Account. Treasury authority has been obtained, where necessary,

to cover charges for which no provision, or inadequate provision, had been made.
Surplus. 4. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 1,009l. 4s. 1d.
£. 8. d.
Grant (Gross) - - - - - - - - 112,118 – —
Expenditure (Gross) - - - - - - - 111,864 6 4
Net Surplus - - - £. 253 13 8
Add, -

Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the Estimate - 755 10 5
Total Amount to be Surrendered - - - £. 1,009 4 1

John A. Kempe, Comptroller and Auditor General.

CLASS I.-continued.

VOTE 4.
H O U S E S OF PAR LIA MENT BUILD IN G. S.

ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, for Houses of PARLIAMENT BUILDINGs, in the Year ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.

Expenditure, compared with Grant. SERVICE. GRANT. EXPENDITURE. Less More than Granted. than Granted. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. £, s. d. A.—New Works, Alterations and Additions 13,800 – – 14,297 4 9 - 497 4 9 B.—Maintenance and Repairs - - - 6,955 — — Do. (Supplementary) 1,000 – I} 8,698 3 1 743. 3 1 C.—Maintenance of Approaches and Gardens 2,720 – — 1,956 11 10 763 8 2 D.—Warming, Wentilating, Lighting, &c. - 27,116 - -] 9 0. (Supplementary) 450 – -} 26,488 9 4 1,077 10 8 E.—Police - - - - - - - 3,100 – — 3,063 1 1 36 18 11 -F.—Furniture - - - - - - 3,350 — – ----Do. (Supplementary) 1,700 – I}| 5,312 15 - - 262 15 — Original £57,041 \ - - Supplementary £ 3,150s GROSS TOTAL £. 60,191 59,816 5 1 | 1,877 17 9 1,503 2 10. Net Surplus of Gross Estimate over Expenditure. £. 374 14 11 Surplus of Appropriations in Deduct.— Estimated. Realised. Aid Realised. G.—Appropriations in Aid - - - - 341 - - 343 it – 4. 2 17 Total Surplus to be Surrendered. NET TOTAL £. 59,850 – – 59,472 8 1 £. 377 in 11

ExPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant. A.—See Statement of New Works.

B-The cost of general, repairs to the Building, including the preparation of the Speaker's House on change of occupation, proved heavier than had been anticipated.

C.-The expenditure on general maintenance was less than had been estimated, and some charges in con. nection with the improvement of the lighting did not come in course of payment before the close of the year.

D-The cost of fuel proved less than had been expected, and there was a saving on the provision for electric lighting extension.

E.—Casual variation.
F.—Casual variation.
G.—Casual variation.

The Surplus of 295l. 8s. 1d. shown on the Account of the Vote

“Houses of Parliament Buildings,” for the year ended 31st March, 1905, has been surrendered.

His Majesty's Office of Works, &c., 29 November 1906. }

Schomberg K.

McDonnell,

Accounting Officer.

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

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