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REVENUE DEPARTMENTs, AND POST OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICEs.

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

Explanation of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

8. Due to a further falling off of correspondence conveyed by the Southampton-Colon route.

9. Due to the retirement during the year of two regular officers, replaced by temporary officers with lower allowances. 10. A fluctuating item.

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REVENUE DEPARTMENTS AND POST OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES,

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Contribution by the White Star Line towards the cost of accelerating the
Mail Service from Dublin to Queenstown on Thursdays - - -

Contribution by the Cunard Line towards cost of earlier transmission of
Outward American Mails on Saturdays - - - -

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Miscellaneous Receipts - - - - - - - - - -

Deduct—Share of receipts common to Postal and Telegraph Services
transferred to Sub-Head I of the Estimate for the Post Office Tele-
graph (24 per cent. of Common Services) - - - - - -

TOTAL - - - - - £.

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Explanation of the Causes of Variation between Estimates and Receipts.

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The “gain by conversion” of Foreign Money Orders (1,6831. -s. 1d.), which is accounted
for under this Sub-Head, was larger than was anticipated.

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Additional premises were sub-let on sites acquired after the Estimate was framed.

Cannot be accurately estimated.

- There were large amounts received for old Post Office premises.

Amount Amount

Estimated. Received.
£. s. d. £. s. d.
5,300 – – 5,678 11 4
15,500 – – 15,612 2 8
1,200 – – 1,704 5 74
70,000 – – 73,334 6 7
1,000 – — 1,000 – –
500 – — 500 – —
85,070 – – 89,230 9 10
11,560 – – 13,381 18 11
17,000 – – 27,098 8 7
207,130 - || 227,540 & 6,
6,855 – – 9,715 5 8
200,275 – 217,824 17 10%

In addition, the sums of 2,431. 1s. 10%d., the final balance of the Parcel Post Irregularities Fine Fund, and 15,0433s. 8%d., the final balance of the Registered Letter Irregularities Fine Fund, were paid into the Exchequer in the year as

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REVENUE-DEPARTMENTS, AND POST OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES!

WOTE 3.—POST OFFICE—comtimwed.

S U M M A R Y. ct;". Expenditure, Sub- - compared with Grant. SERVICE. GRANT. ExPENDITURE. Head Less More | than Granted. than Granted. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. A. | Chief Offices - - - 2,866,800 – – 2,830,930 5 103: 35,869 14 14 - B. Circulation Office (London), &c. - | 1,040,500 - - 1,045,017 17 7 - - 4,517 17 7 C. - Provincial Establishments - - 6,789,818 – – 6,822,813 11 11}| - - 32,995 11 11} D. British Post Office Agents Abroad 6,780 – — 5,974 7 44 805 12 73 - E. Post Office Savings Banks - - 15 – – - - 15 – – F. Government Annuities and Life Insurances - - - - 135 – – 124 6 — 10 14 – - -G. : Conveyance of Mails - - - 1,928, 115 — - 1,837,924 16 84|90,190 3 34 - H. Purchase of Sites, &c. - | 85,000 – – 108,014 18 1 - - 23,014 18 l

I. so and other Non

ffective Charges - - - 498,800 – 484,248 19 6 || 14,551 – 6 || -

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L. Share of Expenses common to
Postal and Telegraph Services
transferred to the Post Office
Telegraph Estimate (Sub-

Head H)- - 2,457,700 – – 2,459,041 16 84 - - 1,341 16 84 10,920,813 – -|10,834,409 154}|145,589 15 6459,186 10 11 Net Surplus of Groo Estimate over Expenditure. 4, 86,403 4 74 Deduct— *- re- Surplus of lootion in Aid M. 'Appropriations in Aid - - 200,275 – – 217,824 17 104 £. 17,549 17 10}

Total Surplus to be Surrendered. NET TOTAL - - - £. 10,720,538 – –|10,616,584 17 6 £. 103,953 2 6

REVENUE DEPARTMENTs, AND Post OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES.

Vote 3.−PosT OFFICE—continwed.

ExTRA REMUNERATION.

Service for which Rank of Officer, | Amount. Vote. | Extra Remuneration was made. £ s. d. A Second Class Clerk, Secretary's Office For acting as Secretary to a Depart- 57 — — . Vote III, Post Office (He mental Committee for revising also received 18l. out of the Post Office Guide | Vote V. Telegraphs). A Second Class Clerk, Secretary's Office For acting as Secretary to a Depart. 34 4 – vote III., Post Office. (He mental Committee on training also received 10l. 16s. out and pay of Learners. . Vote V. Telegraphs). An Examiner, Accountant General's For acting as Secretary to an Inter- 22 16 – Vote III. Post Office. (He Department. Departmental Committee on also received 71. 4s. out of Financial Return relative to Vote V., Telegraphs). Telephone Service

The Surplus of 51,455l. 11s. 8d., shown on the Account of Vote III. “Post Office,” for the year ended 31st March, 1905, has been surrendered.

Charles A. King, L. Maclean, Comptroller and Accountant General, Principal Bookkeeper. Accounting Officer.

General Post Office,
30 November 1906.

I certify that this Account has been examined by officers under my directions, in accordance with the 29th Section of the Act 29 & 30 Vict. Cap. 39, including a test audit as directed by Treasury Minute of the 27th March, 1899, and that the Account is correct.

John A. Kempe, Examined, . Comptroller and Auditor General. H'. M. Martin,

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1. ExPENDITURE in excess of the Estimate has taken place under the following Sub-Heads, viz:—

A. 1, 2, 4, 8, 16.-Chief Offices.
B. 1, 2–Circulation Office (London).
C. 1, 3, 5, 6–Provincial Establishments.
E. 1, 2, 5, 10, 14, 16, 18–Post Office Savings Banks.
G. 3, 6–Conveyance of Mails.
H.—Purchase of Sites, &c.

2. With regard to the Explanations under Sub-Heads A, 1,2,3 and 4.B. 1 and E. 1. I may state that salaries for the month of March, 1906, payable under Warrants dated 1st April, and provided for in the Estimates for the year 1906–7, were actually paid on Saturday 31st March. As the result of a communication from my Department pointing out that in the circumstances these salaries appeared to be properly ... to the year 1905–6, a total sum of 70,906l. 2s. 8d., charged in the first instance against the Post Office Vote for the year 1906–7, has been transferred to the year 1905–6 now under review. The Treasury, to whom the matter was referred, have further assented to a proposal by the Postmaster-General that in future, in conformity with the practice in other Government Departments, Head Quarter Salaries in the Post Office should be paid on the last ...”the period to which the payments relate.

3. Sub-Head E. 18, Losses by Default, etc. (Post Office Savings Banks). The expenditure of 1,852l. 13s. 3d. recorded under this Sub-Head includes amounts of 309!. 10s. Id. and 392l. 18s. 10d., being the net loss to Savings Bank Funds from defalcations, in connection with the accounts of certain illiterate depositors, by the late Sub-Postmistresses of Newport (County Tipperary) and Mitchelstown respectively, who were both sentenced to twelve months imprisonment with hard labour. It also includes an amount of 185l. 19s., fraudulently withdrawn from a Savings Bank account at Bristol, the offender in this instance being sentenced to three years penal servitude. In each case the loss has been charged to the Vote with Treasurv sanction.

4. Sub-Head H, Purchase of Sites, etc. Sub-Head is in part attributable to the fact that it was found impossible to carry out, in the manner intended, an Agreement entered into with the Great Western Railway Company for an exchange of properties at Paddington. By the terms of this Agreement the }. was to pay to the Company a net sum of 12,2971. “as estimated by the Board of Works for equality of exchange,” which net sum was included in the o: for the year 1905–6. In March, 1906, a payment of 24,224l. 14s. 11d. was made to the Company, and in reply to a Query I was informed that the Department had already taken possession of the to. roperty dealt with in the Agreement, but would be unable to surrender the property belonging to it until the extension of the Sorting Office, now being carried out, had been completed, or had made considerable progress. In these circumstances the gross amount due to the Company, with interest in respect of deferred purchase, was paid, and a sum of 11,662.l. will be receivable from the Company upon the transfer of the H. of the Department, which, under the Agreement, should be effected by 31st December, 1907.

5. In addition to the sum of 217,824, 17s. 10}d, realised as Appropriations in Aid of the Vote, sums of 2,431 1s. 10}d. and 15,043. 3s. 8d., representing the final balances of the Parcel Post Irregularities Fine Fund and the Registered Letters Irregularities Fine Fund respectively, have been paid direct into the Exchequer.

6. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 103,953!. 2s. 6d.

f. S. d.

Grant §: - - - - - - - - 10,920,813 – —
Expenditure (Gross) - - - - - - - 10,834,409 15 44
Net Surplus - - - £, 86,403 4 74

Add.,-

Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the Estimate 17,549 17 10,

Total Amount to be Surrendered - - - £. 103953 2 (;

STORE Accounts. 7. A test examination of Postal Store Accounts has been carried out, with generally

satisfactory results, in London, Edinburgh..ond Dublin. REVENUE.

8. The Account of Postal Revenue has been subjected to a test examination at the Chief Offices in London, Edinburgh and Dublin, The results have proved generally satisfactory, and the Treasury and the Post Office have been so into

John A. Kempe,
Comptroller and Auditor General.

The Excess of 23,014l. 18s. 1d. under this

Excess.

Transfer of Salaries from year 1906–7 to year 1905-6.

Defalcations at Newport .." erary) and Mitchelstown.

Fraudulent withdrawal of Deposits at Bristol.

Exchange
of properties
between the
Postal
Department
and the Great
Western
Railway
Company.

Extra
Receipts.

Surplus.

Examination of Store Accounts.

Examination of Revenue Account.

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