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VOTE 1.-DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR SERVICEs—continued.
Sub-Head 8. Statement C. o: shows the cost of the “Collection of Commercial IntelliK-___, gence" in 1905-6 to have amounted to 1955l. 19s. 8d., thus raising the total charge to Sommercial 12,829, 11s. 4d. The appointment of Commercial Agents at certain posts had been * sanctioned by the Treasury for an experimental period of three years from the 1st January 1903. As it was found that the expenditure had not ceased on the expiry of that period I inquired whether the subject had again been brought under the notice of the Treasury. In reply I have been informed that while unable to approve the further rolongation of the scheme until 31st March, 1908, as recommended by the Secretary of tate, Their Lordships have sanctioned an extension for one year in order to give time for the consideration of the matter.
Sub-Head 9. As shown also in Statement C. the total cost of the maintenance of the Mosquito ..— . ex-Chief and his secretary in Jamaica, including a charge of 886l. in 1905-6, has amounted Mojo to 13,221. 10s.-d. It appears from information recently furnished by the Foreign Office, * that a treaty has now been signed and ratified and that a sum of 4,000i, will shortly be paid over by the Nicaraguan Government in respect of the maintenance of the ex-Chief.
Sub-Head 10. This Wote is charged under Sub-Head K, with Expenses amounting to 1,000l. 5s. 9d. K. Attack in connection with an attack, on Colonel Douglas and Captain Lorimer while in Luristan. travelling on the public service in South West Persia. The Treasury sanctioned the É. from British funds of a moiety of the expenditure incurred, the other moiety ing charged against India. A sum of 2,000l. claimed from the Persian Government, if, and when recovered, is to be divided equally between the British and Indian Governments.
GENERAL CONSULAR SERVICEs.
Exceptional 11. As explained on the Account, Sub-Head Q, Special Services, &c. is charged with Expensii. the sum of 1,159l. 178. –d, owing to the measures taken for the protection of British ture : Dis- subjects during the disturbances in Russia. The amount of expenditure, to which once Treasury sanction was given, represents payments of 300l. and 250l. for the detention of #th nake, the steamships." Thistledhu" and Cranley” respectively at Odessa, and of 6091. 17s. –d. artnquake, on chartering the steamship “Freda” to proceed to Riga. Sub-Head Q. is also charged, under Treasury sanction, with sums of 100l. 50l. and 25l. paid respectively to an Acting Vice-Consul, a Dragoman, and a Cavass at Scutari as compensation for their unusual exertions and personal losses during a recent earthquake.
BANKRUPTs' ESTATEs, &c.
Credits from 12. In continuation of paragraph 9 of my Report of last year it may be mentioned that Bankrupts’ out of the receipts amounting to 1,029l. 7s. 5d., on account of balances of Bankrupts’ Estates. Estates, &c., a sum of 990l. 18. 11d., representing balances unclaimed for fifteen years and remitted from the Supreme Court at Shanghai, has been paid to the Exchequer. This course has been adopted under Treasury Instructions which are embodied in Their Lordships' Minute of 21st December 1906 on the Second Report of the Committee of
Public Accounts, 1906.
Ear-officio 13. Reference has been made in previous Reports to the subject of sums in the hands Receipts by of Diplomatic and Consular Officers which are not included in the Accounts of Public Pomatic Moneys rendered by the several officers as Sub-Accountants of the Foreign Office, nor an in the cash accounts rendered to my Department, for audit, and the matter was 3. discussed before the Committee of Public Accounts last year, Qs. 4143–4152. . In the * Treasury Minute of 21st December 1906 on the Second Report of the Committee of Public Accounts, 1906, Their Lordships intimate that they have given approval to the
WoTE 1.—DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR SERVICEs-continued.
adoption of amended forms of Return to secure the due rendering by Diplomatic and Consular Officers of regular returns of all moneys in their possession for which H.M. Government is in any way responsible. On consideration of the specimen forms which were forwarded to me by the Foreign Office it did not seem to be clear that the amended form, showing the transactions in ea:-officio receipts, which was to be supplementary to the Accounts Current, was to be made applicable to the Accounts o}. Officers or of Consular Officers in China and Japan, &c. As the result of an inquiry addressed to the Foreign Office on this point I have been informed that “there has hitherto been no question of applying this system to Heads of Missions, as they do not deal with Estates or levy Fees.” . It is however admitted that “occasionally sums are received by them from Fo Governments, but in such cases the money is at once sent to this country and paid over to the Treasury or His Majesty's Paymaster General.” In the case of Consular di. in China a new form of Balance Certificate is to be used which meets all requirements. This latter form, however, deals only with balances and does not show the transactions within the period of the account.
Although these proposals do not deal with the matter #. as completely as I had suggested, they have been accepted by the Treasury after full discussion and consideration, and as they will undoubtedly afford a more effective check so far as they extend, I have acquiesced for the present in the Treasury decision in order to afford the opportunity of a trial of the new arrangements.
14. With reference to the note at the foot of page 421 of the Estimates relating to the Sub-Head refund to Indian Revenues in respect of Diplomatic and Consular Services in China, O9. Persia, Turkey-in-Asia, and Siam, }. requested that the refund of 1,706l. to Indian o: Revenues in 1905-6 may be supported by a Statement showing particulars of addi-ji. tional expenditure since 1900, and I am awaiting the Foreign Office reply to my communication.
15. The following Fee Returns in respect of the year 1905–6 have not yet been Fee Returns received:— not received
Corinto, September quarter, 1905.
Fee Returns from Corinto for December quarter, 1904 and March quarter, 1905, and from Aracaju for the year, 1903–4, and June and December quarters, 1904, to which reference was made in paragraph 11 of last year's Report, are still outstanding.
16. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 16,255l. 18s. 5d. Surplus. £. 8. d Grant (Gross) - - - - - - - - - 648,387 – – Expenditure (Gross) - - - - - - - - 639,215 10 1 Net Surplus - - £. 9,171 9 11
Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the Estimate - - 7,084 8 6
STATEMENT of the ExPENDITURE in the Year 1905–6, under those Sub-Heads of the Vote for DIPLOMATIC and CoNSULAR SERVICES (DIPLOMATIC)
Journeys on Fuel and Extra Rent Law Relief to Incidental o
42. s. d. £. s a. £. s. d. £. s. d £. s. d £. s. d. £. s. d £. s. d £. s. d. £. s. d £. s. d £. s. d. £. s. d.
Italy - - - 95 15 10 119 9 2 251 19 6 41 13 5 || - - 9 - – - - - 39 4 11 || - - - - - - - 92 10 5 649 13 3
Saxony (see Coburg | - - - - - - and Dresden)
Servia - - - 36 — — | - - - I - - - 11 7 1 || - - - 33 12 – | - - - I - - 26 7 3 || - - - I - - - 1 6 9 108 13 1
For details of the Expenditure under the Sub-Head “Special Missions and Services,” see separate Statement annexed.
* This Sub-Head includes Foreign Newspapers, Porterage on Official Business, Fêtes and Illuminations, Official Fees, Dresses for Cavasses at Constantinople, Garden Expenses at Constantinople and Tehran, Water Supply at Constantinople, Annual Renewal of Stable Gear and Stable Expenses at Tehran, Extra Translations, Flags and Flagstaffs, and such other Expenses as would not come within the other Sub-Heads of the Vote.
DETAILs of the ExPENDITURE under the Sub-Head “Special Missions and Services.”
42. Danube Navigation Commission - - - - - - - - - - 500 British Share of the Expenses of the International Slave Trade Bureau at Brussels . - 15 British Share of the Expenses of the International Maritime Bureau at Zanzibar - - 378 Maintenance of Mosquito Chief and Secretary in Jamaica, from January 1 to December 31, 1905 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 886 Greek Finance Commission - - - - - - - - - - - - 960 Collection of Commercial Intelligence - - - - - - - - - - 1,955 Aden Boundary Delimitation Commission - - - - - - - - - 1,042 British Share of the Expenses of the Bureau of International Court of Arbitration at The Hague - - - - - - - - - - - - - 79 Delimitation of Anglo-German Boundary in East Africa - - - - - - 9,570 Japanese Perpetual Leases Hous Tax) Arbitration - - - - - - - 1,793 Sugar Conference at Brussels - - - - - - - - - - - 1,125 Expenses in connection with the King's visit to Marienbad - - - - - - 89 Special Service Officers on the Macedonian Gendarmerie Commission - - - - 2,230 Special Service in Szechuan - - - - - - - - - - - - 51 North Sea Inquiry Commission at Paris - - - - - - - - 2,735 Muscat Dhows Arbitration - - - - - - - - - - - 3, 175 Anglo-French (Lake Tchad) Boundary Commission - - - - - - 17 Expenses of British Representative at Don Quixote Celebrations at Madrid - - 36 Expenses connected with the settlement of claims arising out of the disturbances in Samoa in 1899 - - - - - - - - - - - - 100 Expenses in connection with the International Military Tribunal in Crete - - - 2 International Agricultural Conference at Rome - - - - - - - - 253 Special Mission to Fez - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1,290 Expenses in connection with the visit of Prince and Princess Arisugawa of Japan - 2,327 Roumanian Commercial Tariff Revision - - - - - - - - - - 336 Conference at Algeciras on Affairs of Morocco - - - - - - - - 648 Special Mission to Berlin to attend the Wedding of the Crown Prince of Germany - - 350 No. Hebrides Commission - - - - - - - - - - - 15 Special Mission to Tokio to invest the Mikado with the Order of the Garter - - - 2,174 Macedonian Financial Commission - - - - - - - - - 323 Special Mission to Zanzibar - - - - - - - - - - - - 57 Expenses in connection with the Visit of the King of Spain - - - - - - 434 Sir G. Denton's Expenses to Paris in connection with the Settlement of the Gambia Boundary - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 14 Presentation to Foreign Officers for Services rendered in connection with the illness and death of Sir M. Gerard, British Military Attaché with Russian Forces in Manchuria - 92 Presentation to Manager of Imperial Railways of North China for Services rendered while the Peking-Shanhaikwan line was under British Administration - - - 25 Grant to family of late Lieutenant Ishibata of the Japanese Army who was killed while in charge of British Military Attachés #. investment of Port Arthur - - - 750 Expenses connected with the Abyssinian Expedition against the Outlaw Shifara - - 1,302 Expenses in connection with the attack on Colonel Douglas and Captain Lorimer in uristan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1,000 Special Mission to Copenhagen to attend the Funeral of the King of Denmark - - 111 TotAL - - - £. 38,255 6 4