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Excess. 1. ExPENDITURE in excess of the Estimate has taken place under Sub-Heads A., D., F., S., W., and Y.

sub-Head c. 2. A charge of 4,240l. 6s. 8d. is included under Sub-Head C., Special Services, for

Port of , costs incurred in connection with the Port of London Bill during 1903–4 and 1904–5.

** A clause in this Bill had provided that all expenses in connection therewith should be repaid to the Board of Trade by the Port of London Commission, but as the Bill failed to become law, it became necessary to make provision for the expenditure in the Estimates for 1905–6.

North Sea 3. Further sums amounting to 1831. 11s. 4d. have been charged to Sub-Heads H Fishing Fleet and I. for expenses in connection with the inquiry held by the Board of Trade, bringing *ident the total up to 3,1611, 16s. 1d.

North Sea 4. Out of the sum of 65,000l. received from the Russian Government in satisfaction

Award Fund. of all claims for compensation, the total amount distributed up to 31st March 1906, was 64,992l., leaving a balance of 8l. standing to the credit of the account pending the possible application of the two persons interested.

sub-Head I. 5. The Expenditure under Sub-Head I, includes a sum of 100l., § with Treasury Costs in sanction, as a contribution towards costs amounting to over 200l., which were incurred “otion, by the Salvors in connection with the legal proceedings arising out of the salvage of .* certain goods from the German barque “Optima." The necessity for this payment from public funds, sanctioned by the Treasury as a matter of grace and favour, arose in consequence of the acting Receiver of Wreck not having detained the salved property in question as required by Statute, and the Salvors were obliged to take legal proceedings to recover the charges from the underwriters.

sub-Head T. 6. With reference to paragraph 8 of my Report upon the account for 1904–5, in

Commercial which it was stated that vouchers had not been rendered to my Department in respect

* of an advance of 400l. in connection with a Mission to Australia and New Zealand, I have now to state that this sum is part of an inclusive fee of 1,250l., for which subvouchers are not required. In addition to the above sum of 400l., an amount of 650l. has been charged in 1905–6 under Sub-Head T., bringing the total charge up to 31st March 1906, to 1,050l.

CLASS II.-continued.

Vote 8.—BOARD OF TRADE—continued.

7. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 9,490l. 1s. 9d.

Surplus.
f. 8. d.
Grant (Gross) - - - - - - - – 249,130 — —
Expenditure (Gross) - - - - - - - 240,590 13 7
Net Surplus - - 8,539 6 5

Add

Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the Estimate 950 15 4
* Total Amount to be Surrendered - - £. 9,490 1 9

ExTRA RECEIPTs, payable to ExCHEQUER.

8. In addition to the Appropriations in Aid shown on the Account, it appears from a Fee Statement furnished to me by the Inland Revenue Department that 261,2521. 14s. 6d. was Stamps. received in that Department during the year in connection with this Vote, in respect of the sale of Fee Stamps for Patents for Inventions, Designs, and Trade Marks.

It also appears from the same Statement that 72,446l. 13s. 10d. was received for Fee Stamps on Companies Registration in the United Kingdom. A large part of the services for which these fees are collected is performed by the Board of T.

John A. Kempe,
Comptroller and Auditor General.

CLASS II.-continued.

VOTE 9.

MERCANTILE MARINE SERVICES.

ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to pay the Salaries and Expenses of certain SERVICEs transferred from the MERCANTILE MARINE FUND (61 and 62 Vict. c. 44, ss. 1 and 4) and other Services connected with the MERCANTILE MARINE in the Year ended 31 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, -- -MERCANTILE MARINE OFFICES, &c. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. 4. s. d A.—Salaries, Wages, and Allowances - - 57,744 – – 56,085 10 8 o 9 4 B.—Travelling Expenses - - - - 2,000 - - 1,732 15 2 267 4 10 C.—Maintenance of Steam Launches, &c. - | 1,200 — — 450 12 11 749 7 1 D—Incidental Expenses, &c. . . . 1,200 - - 1,139 it 3 60 ° 9 E.—Investigations into conduct of Masters, Mates, and Engineers - - - 750 – – 808 2 7 - 58 2 7 F.—Uniforms - - - - - 680 – — 669 9 2 10 10 10 Total - - £ 63,574 – – 60,886 7 9 2,745 14 10 58 2 7

- - - - —

SURVEYORs, &c.

G.—Salaries, Wages, and Allowances - 60,150 – – 58,172 4 6 1,977 15 6

H.—Travelling Expenses - - - - 3,000 — — 3,659 15 3 - 659 15 3
I.—Maintenance, &c., of Steam Launches - 600 – – 963. 14 10 - 363 14 10
K.—Incidental Expenses (Instruments, -
Experiments, &c.) - - - - 690 – — 756 8 – - 66 8 —
L–Uniforms . . . . . . . 250 - - 267 15 - – 17 15 —
ToTAL - - £ 64,690 – – 63,819 17 7 1,977 15 6 1,107 13 1

WRECKS AND CASUALTIES.

M.—Remuneration to Coastguard and

Consuls for Services in connection with Wrecks - - - - - 1,800 – – 1,579 8 11 220 11 1 N.—Travelling and Incidental Expenses - 200 — — 119 7 - 80 13 – TOTAL - - - £. 2,000 — 1,698 15 11 301 4 1 -- - - | - Carried forward £. 130,264 – - o 1 3 5,024 14 5 1,165 lb 8

CLASS II.-continued.

WoTE 9.—MERCANTILE MARINE SERVICES.–continued.

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Expenditure, compared with Grant. GRANT. ExPENDITURE. – Less More than Granted. than Granted. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. 130,264 – – 126,405 l 3 5,024 14 5 1,165 15 8 1,128 – – 1,119 10 6 8 9 6 13,200 - - 13,897 15 9 - 697 15 9 14,328 – – 15,017 § 3 s 9 & 397 15 0 | | == 4,877 – 4,791 3 4 || 85 16 s 1,100 — 822 – 2 | 277 19 10 5,977 – 5,613 3 o 363 16 6 — — - 3,300 - - 5,167 10 3 – 1,867 10 3 230 - - 149 – 9 80 19 3 370 - - 384 is 11 - 14 18 11 400 – - 400 – – - 4,800 - - 3,101 g IT so to 3 Tiss To - - - | - 270 - - - 270 – – 154,869 – - 153,407 - in so,477 19 s 4,016 - 7 Net Surplus of Gross Estimate over Expenditure. | £. 1,461 19 1 | Surplus of A iati Towns in Estimated. Realised. 4. 4,942 9 7 54,950 – – 59,892 9 7 |Total Surplus to be Surrendered. 99,919 – – 93,514 11 4 4. 6,404 8 8

CLASS II.-continued.

VOTE 9.—MERCANTILE MARINE SERVICES—continued.

Explan ATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

A.—Saving due to deaths and retirements.

B.—Over-estimated.

C.—Provision was made for extensive repairs to one of the launches, which it was found possible to postpone.

D.—Over-estimated.

E.—There were more investigations than expected.
F.—Slight variation.
G.—Saving due to deaths and retirements.

H.—Under-estimated. The increase in fees received caused by a greater number of vessels coming up for survey alluded to under Sub-Head W. caused a corresponding increase in the expenditure under this Sub-Head.

I. --Extensive repairs to one of the launches became necessary during the year.

K.—Under-estimated.

L.— Under-estimated.

M.—The Wreck Returns were less numerous than anticipated.

N.—Over-estimated.

O.—Slight variation.
P.—The remuneration awarded and the travelling and incidental expenses were greater than expected.
Q.—Slightly over-estimated.

R.—Over-estimated.

S.—Excess largely due to certain charges now falling upon the Vote which had been held in suspense pending the settlement of legal points. Claims amounting to 1,556l. 16s. 5d. have been abandoned with Treasury sanction.

T.—Over-estimated.

U.—Under-estimated.

W.—Nil.

Loss by Fraud. Sub-Head opened by Treasury authority (Letter No. 13496, 24 Sept. 1906) in consequence of defalcations by a Vice-Consul at Buenos Ayres.

W.—Appropriations in Aid:—

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Mercantile Marine Offices, 14,000 – – 13,300 2 10 - 699 17 2 Over-estimated. Fees, &c. - Surveyors' Fees, &c. - . 37,000 – – 41,686 9 8 4,686 9 8 - More vessels came up for sur- vey than expected. Wreck and Casualties: Fees 800 – – 875 4 9 75 4 9 - Under-estimated. and Commission. saving Life: Proceeds of Sale 50 - - | 153 12 6 103 12 6 - Do. of Old Stores. Miscellaneous: Unclaimed Wages and 2,000 - - 2,432 10 – 432 10 – - Do. Effects of Deceased Seainen. Interest on invested portion 300 – – 302 16 5 2 16 5 - Slight variation. of above. | Unclaimed Wages of Living 300 – 337 3 1 37 3 1 - Do. Seamen. Unclaimed Wreck and 500 — — . 804 10 4 304 10 4 - Under-estimated. Salvage. | | 5,642 69699 17 2

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The Surplus of 5,582l. 7s. 9d. shown on the Account of the Vote “Mercantile Marine Services,” for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered.

Board of Trade. \ T. W. P. Blomefield, 30 November 1906. J Accounting Officer.

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

John A. Kempe, Examined, - Comptroller and Auditor General. H. J. Bidwell.

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