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CLASS I.-continued.

VOTE 7.

DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR BUILDINGS,

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.

1. Expenditure in excess of the Estimate has taken place under Sub-Heads B and C.

2. A Statement of Expenditure on “New Works, &c.,” included under Sub-Head A is appended to the Account. Treasury Aoi. has been obtained, where necessary, to #. charges for which no provision, or inadequate provision, had been made in the

Stimate.

The Statement shows a net Saving of 7,2201. 12s. 10d. under this Sub-Head, the principal items on which Savings have occurred being:—

Grant. Unexpended. - £. £. No. 4, Cairo—Erection of New Consulate - - - 2,000 1,997 , 9. Dakar— xx xx. * > * - - 3,000 2,996 , 10. Madrid—New Embassy House - - - 40,000 6,221 , 13. St. Petersburgh—New Heating Apparatus - 2,100 2,100

On the other hand Excess Expenditure of 5,748l. on a Vote of 500l. has taken place under “Works of an Unforeseen or Minor Character”; and 4721. has been expended on “Erection of New Consular Buildings at Alexandria,” for which no provision was made in the Estimate for the year. It is noticed in connection with the latter work that there was a saving of 4,659l on the total estimated cost of 18,500l.

3. The Estimates for 1905–6 and for earlier years showed one total sum for “New Buildings,” &c., in China, Japan and Corea, no details being given either of the total estimated cost of, or the annual provision for, each work. This information is, however, given in the Estimates for 1906–7, which also show the amount voted for each separate work in 1905–6.

4 The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 5,205l. 14s. 7d.

- £. 8. d.

Grant (Gross) - - - - - - - - 95,830 – –
Expenditure (Gross) - - - - - - - 90,805 2. 1
Net Surplus - - - - £. 5,024 17 11

Add-
Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the Estimate 180 16 8

Total Amount to be Surrendered - - £. 5,205 14 7

John A. Kempe, Comptroller and Auditor General.

CLASS I.-continued.

VOTE 8.

- REVENUE BUILDINGS.

ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to defray the Expenses of the CUSTOMs, INLAND REVENUE Post OFFICE and Post OFFICE TELEGRAPH 'BUILDINGs in GREAT BRITAIN, and certain Post OFFICEs ABROAD, including Furniture, Fuel, and Sundry Miscellaneous o 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. - - CUSTOMS BUILDINGS: - £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d A.—New Works, Alterations, Additions, and Purchases - - - - 4,240 – – 6,445 2 4 | - 2,205 2 4 B.—Maintenance and Repairs - - - 6,900 – — 7,436 19 3 - 536 19 3 C.—Furniture - - - - - - 2,700 – — 2,373 l 8 326 18 4 D.—Rents, Insurance, Tithe Rent-charges, &c. - - - - - - 10,500 – – 10,644 15' 8 - 144 15 8 E.—Fuel, Light, Water and Household Articles - - - - - | 8,600 – – 7,640 14 4 959 5 8 Total customs . . e. 32.940 - - 34,540 13 3 1,286 - 2,886 it 8 INLAND REVENUE BUILDINGS: F.—New Works, Alterations, Additions, and Purchases - - - - 8,450 – – 10,576 12 2 - 2,126 12 2 G.—Maintenance and Repairs - - 12,700 – – 11,833 9 9 866 10 3 H.—Furniture - - - - - 5,550 – – 5,706 10 9 - 156 10 9 I.—Rents, Insurance, Tithe Rent-charges, &c. - - - - - - 25,250 – – 24,887 8 5 362 11 7 J.—Fuel, Light, Water and Household Articles - - - - - 11,850 – – 11,834 19 5 15 – 7 Total INLAND REVENUE - - £. 63,800 – – 64,839 – 6 | 1,244 2 5 2,283 2 11 POST OFFICE BUILDINGS: K.—New Works, Alterations, and Additions|288,380 – – 236,640 8 2 |51,739 11 10 L.—Maintenance and Repairs - - - 57,850 – – 60,523 12 8 - 2,673 12 8 M.–Furniture - - - - - 12,900 – – 13,841 16 3 - 941 16 3 N.—Fuel, Light, and Household Articles - || 34,650 – – i. 33,008 11 – | 1,641 9 – Total Post OFFICE - - £. 393,780 – – |344,014 8 1 |53,381 – 10 3,615 S 11 POST OFFICE TELEGRAPH BUILDINGS: O.—New Works, Alterations, and Additions 111,620 – – || 74,728 11 – |36,891 9 – P.—Maintenance and Repairs - - - 19,280 – – 19,112 14 6 167 5 6 — Q.—Furniture - - - - - - 4,300 – 4,371 2 – - 71 2 – R.—Fuel, Light, and Household Articles - 11,550 – – 10,423 15 – 1,126 5 — Total Post OFFICE TELEGRAPHS - £. 146,750 – – 108,636 2 6 |38,184 19 6 71 2 -GRoss TotAL - £. 637,270 – – 552,030 4 4 94,096 6 9 8,856 11 1 `---> Net Surplus of Gross Estimate over Expenditure. £. 85,239 15 8 Surplus of A iati - "Toon Deduct, Estimated. Realised. S–Appropriations in Aid - - - 3,570 – – 5,586 4 - £. 2,016 4 – - Total Surplus to be Surrendered. NET TOTAL - £. |633,700 — — 546,444 – 4 4. 87,255 19 8

CLASS I.-comtinued.

WoTE 8.—REVENUE BUILDINGs—continued.

ExPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.
A.—See Statement of New Works.
B.—The requirements generally were in excess of anticipation.
C.—The expenditure on offices in the Provinces was less than had been expected.

D.—Casual variation.

E.—Due to the decrease in the cost of fuel owing to contracts having been placed at lower rates than estimated for, and to the lessened consumption due to the mild winter,

F.—See Statement of New were

G.—The provision was somewhat over-estimated.

H.—Casual variation.

I.—Casual variation.

J.—Casual variation.

K.—See Statement of New Works.
L—Due to the continuous growth of the Service: increased provision is made in 1906–7.
M.– Due to the continuous growth of the Service: increased provision is made in 1906–7.
N.—The cost of fuel was less than had been anticipated owing to the lower prices and the mild winter.
O.—See Statement of New Works.

P.—Casual variation.

Q.—Casual variation.

R.—See explanation under Sub-Head N.

S.—The receipts from sales of old materials on sites cleared for the erection of Post Offices were considerably in excess of anticipation: it is not possible to forecast credits of this nature with any accuracy. The rents received in respect of Customs and Inland Revenue Property sublet were also in excess of the Estimate. CLASS I.-continued.

Vote 8.—REVENUE BUILDINGs—continued.

CLAIM ABANDONED.

ll. 3s. 8d., being value of old materials sold from Mount Pleasant Postal Works, has, with Treasury Authority, been written off as irrecoverable.

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A Temporary Foreman Engineer, in special recognition of his service in devising the safety apparatus applied to the lifts at the General Post Office East, received a gratuity of 50l.

The Surplus of 13,4091. 15s. 6d., shown on the Account of the Vote “Revenue Buildings,” for the year ended 31st 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.

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

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