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REVENUE DEPARTMENTs, AND Post OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICEs.

- - - - - VOTE 3.
- - - - POST OF FIC E.

Expenses of the Post OFFICE SERVICEs, the Expenses of Post Office Savings Banks and ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.

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Explanation of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

1. A close estimate. There would have been a small saving but for the decision that salaries for March, 1906, paid on Saturday, the 31st March, were proper to the account for 1905–6. See Treasury Letter of 7th November, 1906, No. 18454.

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3. The saving is due to changes on the Establishment. The amount would have been larger but for the decision to which reference is made under Sub-Head A. l.

4. See explanation under Sub-Head A. l.

. Stocks were kept low in order to minimise cost of removal of Postal Stores from Mount Pleasant to Studd Street, Islington; and further there was a small over-estimate.

8. The cost of electric light and gas fittings, provided for under Sub-Head A. 10, was, by arrangement with the Comptroller and Auditor General, charged to this Sub-Head. There is a corresponding saving under A. 10.

9. The consumption of water was less than was anticipated.

10. The cost of electric light and gas fittings was borne by Sub-Head A. 8 (see explanation under that Sub-Head); and a sum j. for purchasing plant in connection with the new Power Station at Blackfriars was not used.

11. A fluctuating item.

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14. (1) All the cycles estimated for were not required, and a saving was effected in maintenance. (2) Stocks were kept low in order to minimise cost of removal. (3) Amount provided for examination and adjustment of scales at Provincial Offices was not required, the scheme not having come into operation.

15. Cannot be accurately estimated.

16. A fluctuating item. The loss to the Public is reduced by £36 15s. 6d. on account of salaries, wages, etc., which were due to certain officers since dismissed, not having been paid.

REVENUE DEPARTMENTS, AND POST OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES.

Wote 3–Post OFFICE—continued.

- +Expenditure, compared with Grant. SERVICE. GRANT. EXPENDITURE. |— Less More than Granted. than Granted. | SUB-HEAD B.— CIRCULATION OFFICE (LONDON); £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. &C. 1. Salaries, Wages, and Allowances 978,900 — — . 984,128 3 5}| - - |5,228 3 54 (London). 2. Trip Allowances (United Kingdom) - || 44,000 — – 45,128 11 24 - - 1,128 11 24 3. Letter Boxes (United Kingdom) - 17,600 – — 15,761 2 11 | 1,838 17 1 || Total of Sub-Head B. . . . .e. 1,010,500 - - | 1,045,017 17 7 | 1,838 17 || 5,356 14 s *— - Z. Net Deficit - - £. 4,517 17 7 o SUB-HEAD C.— — PROVINCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS. 1. Salaries, Wages, and Allowances 5,267,100 – – 5,304,541 13 63| - - 37,441 13 6; (England and Wales). i 2. Salaries, Wages, and Allowances 536,600 – — 534,153 5 l l 2,446 14 1 (Ireland). | 3. Salaries, Wages and Allowances 782,700 - - 794,905 13 3 - 12,205 13 3 (Scotland). 4. Travelling - - - - 38,500 – – 36,535 11 64|1,964 8 5}| - 5. Rent, &c. - - - - - 135,980 – — 146,289 l 4}| - - 10,309 l 4 6. Water, &c. - - - - 6,330 – — 6,635 13 2 || - - 305 13 2 7. Fuel and Light - - - 69,240 – – 60,759 8 4}|8,480 11 73 8. Incidental Expenses - 17,800 – – 16,491 5 4} 1,308 14 74 - Gross Total of Sub-head C. - - - 6,854,250 – – 6,900,311 12 64|14,200 8 9360,262 1 43 Deduct, For Services performed for the Savings 64,432 – — 77,498 7 || - - |13,066 – 7 Bank Department, &c. Net Total of Subhead C. - - - - 6,789,818 – – 6,822,813 11 11||14,200 8 9347,196 – 9] Net Deficit - - £. 32,995 11 11}

REveNUE DEPARTMENTs, AND Post OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICEs.

- - - - WoTE 3.−POST OFFICE—continued.

Explanation of the Causes of Wariation between Expenditure and Grant.

1. See explanation under Sub-Head A. 1.

2. Insufficient allowance was made for increase.

3. An over-estimate.

1. A close estimate. The causes of variation are (a) The provision made in the Estimate for the general revision of scales of pay in the Provinces was not quite sufficient ; (b) Owing to a change of practice made at the request of the Comptroller and AuditorGeneral certain payments made towards the close of the Financial Year, but not brought to account until the following year, were charged back to the Vote for 1905-6.

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3. An under-estimate, explainable as shown under Sub-Head, C. 1.

4. Due to the extension of the system of providing for season duty, leave substitutes, etc., by the employment of assistants.

5. The cost of electric light and gas fittings provided for under Sub-Head C. 7 of this Vote, was, by arrangement with the Comptroller and Auditor-General, charged to this SubHead. There is a corresponding saving under C. 7. 6. See explanation (b) under Sub-Head C. 1.

7. The cost of electric light and gas fittings was borne by Sub-Head C. 5. (See explanation under that Sub-Head.)

8. Cannot be accurately estimated.

Wote 3–PoST OFFICE—continued.

REVENUE DEPARTMENTS, AND POST OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES.

Expenditure, compared with Grant. SERVICE. GRANT. ExPENDITURE. Less More than Granted. than Granted. SUB-HEAD D.— BRITISH POST OFFICE AGENTS £. s £. s. d. | £. s. d. 4. s. d ABROAD. 1. Salaries, Wages, and Allowances - | 6,215 - 5,411 14 104 || 803 5 13 2. Rent - - - - - 449 – 447 6 6 1 13 6 3. Incidental Expenses - - - 116 – 1 15 6 — – 14 – | - ToTAL of Sub-Head D. - - £. 6,780 – 5,974 7 44 805 12 73| - *— —- _sNet Surplus - - £. 805 12 7; SUB-HEAD E.— POST OFFICE SAVINGS BANKS. UNITED KINGDOM. 1. Salaries, Wages, and Allowances - 417,096 – 446,615 16 10 || - - 29,519 16 10 2. Travelling - - - - 700 – 1,062 19 9 || - - 362 19 9 3. Uniform Clothing - - - 580 – 532 — — 48 — — | 4. Rent, &c. - - - - 5 — - - 5 — — I - 5. Rates - - - - - 3,000 – 3,033 6 8 - /- 33 6 8 6. Water, &c. - - - 450 – 394 8 7 || 55 11 5 || - 7. Fuel and Light - 3,820 – 2,664 17 24, 1,155 2 93 - 8. Law Charges - - - - 750 – 404 16 3}| 345 3 83| Carried forward - £ 426,401 – 454,708 5 3;|1,608 17 11}|29,916 3 3

REVENUE DEPARTMENTs, AND POST OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES.

- - - - - Vote 3.—Post OFFICE—continued.

Explanation of the Causes of Wariation between Expenditure and Grant.

1. The amount provided for the Imperial Postal Order Service was not all required.

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. Due (1) to the cause explained under Sub-Head A. 1 of the Postal Vote; and (2) to a large increase in the number of transactions which followed the introduction, in July 1905, of the system of Payment on Demand.

2. There was more travelling than usual in connection with investigations in cases or fraud. (See Sub-Head 18 of this Wote).

6. There was a decrease in the amount of water consumed.

7. Mainly due to the reduction in the price of gas and coal, and to the cost of electric light fittings provided for under this Sub-Head, being charged to Sub-Head E. 15, by arrangement with the Comptroller and Auditor-General.

8. A fluctuating item.

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