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CLASS W.—continued.

VOTE 1.
j) IPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR SERVICES.

in connection with His Majesty's EMBAssIES, Missions AND CONSULAR ESTABLISHMENTs ABROAD, 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.

ExPLANATION Of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

A.--Owing to vacancies at Belgrade, Guatemala, Mexico and Cettinge, and in the post of Commercial Attaché in China; and to the abolition of posts held by Secretaries of Legation.

B.–Caused by special expenditure at Bogota, and by a rise in the exchange value of the currency at other posts.

C.—The expenditure cannot be accurately estimated, and proved less than was anticipated, especially in Persia.

| D.— Mainly caused by a re-arrangement of the Messenger Service from London.

E.—Below the average.

F.—Owing to increased consumption of gas at Constantinople.

G.—Mainly caused by special expenditure at Paris during repairs to the Embassy building.

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K.—The expenditure on account of the Anglo-German Boundary in East Africa was heavier than had been expected, and the provision for unforeseen Missions was also exceeded. More would have been taken in the Supplementary Estimate but for savings elsewhere. L.—Cannot be accurately estimated.

M.—The following Gratuities were paid during the year:- £. S. d.
To an Office Servant at Hankow - - - - - - - 9 16 —
To a Chancery Servant at Berne - - - - - - - 53 11 9
To a Boatman at Swatow - - - - - - - - 9 12 —
To a Chancery Servant at Stockholm - - - - - - 67 4 6
To an Office Servant at Shanghai Cour - - - - - 18 13 9
To a Gatekeeper at Chefoo - - - - - - - 15 - 4 9
To a Cavass at Constantinople - - - - - - - 88 – –
To a Chancery Servant at Lisbon - - - - - - 34 1 2

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N.—Caused by vacancies at Boma, Brunei, Bahia, and Valparaiso, and at several of the minor posts in Turkey.

O. —Owing to the rise in the exchange value of the milreis in Brazil.

P.—Caused by a temporary increase in the number and cost of Student Interpreters. The excess is balanced by Savings under Sub-Head N.

Q.—This Sub Head is charged with the sum of 1,1591. 178. –d., owing to the measures taken for the protection of British Subjects during the disturbances in Russia, and with 261. 6s. 2d. for expenses incurred in connection with an outbreak of smallpox in Brunei. The ordinary expenditure was, moreover, above the average, mainly on account of special journeys in Persia.

R.—Above the average.

S.—Same as E.
T.—The Chaplaincy at Bahia remained vacant for a portion of the year.

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CLASS W.-continued.

Vote 1.-DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR SERVICEs—continued.

SERVICE.

Brought forward -

SERVICES in CHINA, partly repayable from
Indian Revenues:

W.—Salaries, Allowances and Wages

W.—Legation Guards - -
X.—Outfits and Travelling - -

Y.—Rent Allowances - Z.—Postage - - - - AA.—Incidental Expenses, &c. - BB.—Prison Expenses, Witnesses, Deporta

tions, &c. CC.—Medical Attendance - - -

DD.—Relief to Distressed British Subjects

Total for SERVICES in CHINA

SERVICES in JAPAN, CoREA and SIAM : EE.—Salaries, Allowances, and Wages

FF —Legation Guards - - - GG.—Outfits and Travelling - - HH.—Rent Allowances - - - II.-Postage - - - - - JJ.—Incidental Expenses - - - KK.—Prison Expenses, Witnesses, Deportations, &c. - - - - LL.-Medical Attendance - - - MM.—Relief to Distressed British Subjects

Total for SERVICES in **) and SIAM - -

NN.—Telegrams - - - -

OO.—Refund to Indian Revenue in respect of Diplomatic and Consular Services in China, Persia, Turkey-in-Asia and Siam - - - - - Original - £. 645,887

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Expenditure, compared with Grant. GRANT. ExPENDITURE. HLess More than Granted.] than Granted. * - d. e. a e, , i. e. . . 500,874 – – 505,876 7 11,734 12 6 16,736 13 1 - 54,763 - - 52,709 11 - 4,053 9 – 360 – — 347 5 6 12 14 6 5,000 – – 4,298 5 9 701 14 3 - 1,800 – – 1,604 – 6 195 19 6 500 – – 461 2 4 38 17 8 - 2,015 – — 2,360 l 8 - 345 1 S 225 – — 656 15 10 - 431 15 10 | 1,486 – – 1,338 17 11 147 2 1 -25 – – 14 18 6 || 10 1 6 66,174 – – 61,790 19 – 5,159 18 6 776 17 6 - - – - → 22,634 – – 21,962 7 10 | 671 12 2 235 – – 229 10 5 5 9 7 2,300 – – 2,385 6 10 - 85 6 10 1,200 – – 1,375 7 4 - 175 7 4 250 – – 220 12 4 29 7 8 1,443 – – 1,096 18 9 || 346 1 3 400 – – 384 14 7 15 5 5 1,146 – — 1,159 4 – - 13 4 – 25 – – - 25 — — 29,633 – – 28,814 2 1 | 1,092 16 1 273 18 2 50,000 – – 41,028 8 5 8,971 11 7 1,706 – — 1,706 – - * — — . 639,215 10 1 26,958 18 8 17,787 8 9 `--—" Net Surplus of Gross Estimate over Expenditure. £. 9,171 9 11 Estimated. Realised. -- -- Surplus of Motion in 94,040 – – | 101,124 8 6 Aid Realised. £. 7,084 8 6 Total Surplus to be Surrendered. - 554,347 – – 538,091 1 7 £. 16.255 is 5

CLASS V.—continued.

VOTE 1.-DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR SERVICES.–continued.

ExPLANATION
Of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

W.-The provision made for Antung and Mukden was not required. The further saving arose from vacancies at Chinanfu and Kongmoon, and in the Class of Assistants.

W.—Same as H.

X.—The amount paid for Outfits was small; and the provision made for new posts was not required in full.

Y. —The provision made for some new posts was not required. Z.—Slightly below the average. | AA.—Mainly owing to some arrears which came in course of payment, and to the distribution of new flags.

BB.—Caused partly by arrears; and partly o charges for extra prisoners, which are eventually recovered and credited to Appropriations in Aid. CC.—The expenditure at posts where there is no fixed allowance was comparatively small.

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EE.—The savings on account of vacancies, leaves of absence, &c., were greater than usual.
FF.—Same as H.
GG.—Same as R.
HH.—The expenditure in Japan and Corea was greater than had been anticipated.
II.-Same as H.
JJ.—The cost of additional elephants for posts in Northern Siam, for which provision was made in the
Estimate, fell upon the Vote for the previous year.
KK.—Same as H.

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NN.—The expenditure cannot be accurately estimated. Less is taken for 1906–7.

Estimated

Actual - Beceipts. Receipts. PP.—Appropriations in Aid:— The Receipts, compared with the Estimate, were as follows:– £. s. d. £. s. d. Original - - £. 92,040 UT 94,040 T-TT 10, Supplementary - 2,000 9,040 '. s o More than Estimated - - - £. 7,084 8 6

The Fees in the General Consular Service and in Japan and Siam were above the average. The receipts were affected by an abatement of £2,762 11s. 3d. on account of Fees over-credited in 1901-2, 1902–3, 1903–4, and 1904–5.

CLASS W.—continued.

Vote. 1.-DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR SERVICEs—continued.

Extra REMUNERATION.

The following Extra Allowances were made to members of the Diplomatic and Consular Services during the Year:

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t | Date - | Amount. of Treas Authority. -- - - - - - --- ---- - - - - ------ -----------FROM THE DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR WOTE: £. s. d. To a First Secretary, Gratuity for Services in connection with the Muscat Arbitration 200 — — 1 Sept. 1905 To a Dragoman at Constantinople, Allowance as British Commissioner on the Aden Frontier Delimitation Commission - - - - - - - - - - - 35 3 4 || 18 Feb. 1903. To the Agent and Consul-General at Zanzibar, Allowance towards Special Expenses in England in 1905 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 60 – – 10 April 1905 To the Consul-General at Warsaw, Grant towards extra expenses during the disturbances there - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 150 – – 10 March 1906 To the British Delegate on the Greek Finance Commission, Additional Salary while employed as British Delegate on the Macedonian Financial Commission - - - - 250 – – 31 Aug. 1905 To a First Secretary, Allowance as British Delegate ad interim on the Greek Finance Commission - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 100 – – 31 Aug. 1905 To the Minister in Corea, Special allowance during the Russo-Japanese War - - - 255 16 9 28 July 1904 and 21 Oct. 1905. To the Acting Vice-Consul at Chemulpo ** -- -- 40 11 2 28 July 1904 and 21 Oct. 1905. To a Second Class Assistant at Seoul -: * * * - - 27 – 9 28 July 1904 and - 21 Oct. 1905 To the Consul at Newchwang, -- -- ** - 100 – – 26 Aug. 1904 and 22 May 1905 To a First Class Assistant at Newchwang :- ** * - - 49 3 11 26 Aug. 1904 and 22 May 1905 To an Acting Assistant at Newchwang, -- *: ** - 25 16 | 26 Aug. 1904 - and FROM INDIAN REVENUES: 22 May 1905. To a First Class Assistant in China, Allowance for Services while employed on the Thibet Frontier Commission - - - - - - - - - - - - - 175 – – FROM THE TREASURY: To a Second Secretary, Gratuity for Services in connection with the Newfoundland Claims Arbitration - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 100 – – To a Third Secretary, ** * x ** * * ; : * 50 – — FROM THE OFFICE OF WORKS: To a Third Secretary, For Services during the execution of repairs at St. Petersburg Embassy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 40 – — PAYMENT FROM The DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR WOTE WAS MADE TO : A Captain, R.E., Moiety of Pay while employed on Special Service in Szechuan - - 51 17 5 A Colonel, R.A. Pay while employed on the Macedonian Gendarmerie Commission - - 201 1 9 A Lieutenant-Colonel, R.E., Pay while employed on the Anglo-German Boundary Commission . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 485 3 9 A Lieutenant, R. E. * * * x -> -- - 553 16 —

The Surplus of 17,0711. 5s. 3d. shown on the Account of the Vote “Diplomatic and Consular Services,” for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered.

Foreign Office, } W. C. Cartwright, 30 November 1906, Accounting Officer.

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

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

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CLASS W.—continued.

VOTE 1.

DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR SERVICES.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.

1. ExPENDITURE in excess of the Estimate has taken place under the following Sub- Excess. Heads:—Diplomatic Services, Sub-Heads B., D., F., G., J., K., and L.; General Consular Services, Sub-Heads O., P., Q., and R. ; Services in China, Sub-Heads AA. and BB.; Services in Japan, Corea, and Siam, Sub-Heads GG., H.H., LL.,

DIPLOMATIC SERVICEs.

2. Particulars of the Expenditure under those Sub-Heads of the Vote for the Diplomatic Details of Service which are not shown in detail in the Estimate are included in the Statement Expenditure.

(A) appended to this Report. (A) _ve

3. Details of the Expenditure under Sub-Head K., Special Missions and Services, are Sub-Head K. given in the appended Statement (B) furnished by the Foreign Office, in addition to USpecial which a further Statement (C), prepared in my Department, is annexed, showing the Missions, &c. total cost, to 31st March 1906, of those Special Missions and Services, not of a permanent (C) character, in respect of which expenditure has taken place in preceding years as well osas in the period of the present Account.

4. The Expenditure in connection, with the “Delimitation of Anglo-German Sub-Head K. Boundary East and West of Lake Victoria” during the year amounted to 9,570. 5s. 1d. R.Special The "ledgers" referred to in paragraph 4 of my Report of last year have been forwarded, "...” - - - p - - :* Angloand furnish satisfactory evidence in support of the charges for pay, &c. of native carriers. Goan

Boundary
Commission.

5. Reference was made in paragraph 5 of my Report on this Account for the year Sub-RoadK. 1904-5 to the proportion of the expense of the Anglo-Liberian Boundary Commission Lá. incurred on behalf of the Liberian Government, amounting to 4,777.l., which was #joy charged against the Vote for the Diplomatic Service in that year. A sum of 386l. 19s. 1d., Commission. representing interest for two years to 1st October 1906, has since been received, and I am informed that the President of the Republic promised to pay an instalment on 31st December, 1906, and that the Consul in W.J. has been instructed to press the

Liberian Government as opportunities arise to make good the arrear instalments.

6. The costs incidental to the North Sea Inquiry Commission in Paris charged to Sub-Head this Vote under Sub-Head K. for the year 1905-6 amounted to 2,735l. 17s. 2d. making $o orth the total charge for the two years 1904-5 and 1905-6 7,866l. 4s. -d, as shown in the **** appended Statement C. A sum of 2231. 3s. 1d. has also been charged to the Vote for Stationery and Fo Vote 23, Class II. In addition, expenditure in connection with the inquiry at Hull, amounting during the two years to 3,1611. 16s. 1d. has been charged to Vote 8, Class II., Board of Trade, and is referred to in paragraph 3 of my Report on that Vote.

7. o 7 of my Report on this Account for last year I referred to the long Nicaraguan outstanding credit balance in connection with the Indemnity received from the and Nicaraguan Government to meet claims by British subjects. A similar credit balance in }. respect of an Indemnity received from Venezuela in connection with the Claims Com- ndemnities. mission and Arbitration had not been cleared by June, 1906. In reply to an inquiry I have recently been informed that application will be made to . Treasury with regard to the disposal of both these balances.

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