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REPORTS of the Comptroller and Auditor General on the APPROPRIATION

ACCOUNTS of the SUPPLY GRANTS included in the Civil SERVICE ESTIMATES, CLASS III., for the Year ended the 31st of March 1906 ; prepared and submitted for the Information of the House of Commons, in pursuance of the 22nd and 32nd Sections of the Act 29 & 30 Vict. c. 39.

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Class III.—continued.

VOTE 1.
LAW CHARGES, ENGLAND.

ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to defray the Salaries of the

Law OFFICERS' DEPARTMENT; the Salaries and Expenses of the Department of the SOLICITOR for the Affairs of His Majesty's TREASURY, King's PROCTOR, and DIRECTOR of PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS ; the Costs of PROSECUTIONS, of other LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, and of PARLIAMENTARY AGENCY, in the Year ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.

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Class 111.—continued

VOTE 1.-Law CHARGES, ENGLAND—continued.

EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

A.- Part Allowance for office Disbursements unclaimed.

The Services provided for under these Sub-Heads are liable to fluctuate considerably, and the B. D.

Estimates, therefore, are necessarily approximate only. Sanction was given by Treasury Letters

23,812/05, 29/06 and 5,851/05 to incur excesses on Sub-Heads “D,” “F” and “JJ”; and covering E. F.

sanction to meet the total of such excesses out of savings on other Sub-Heads was given by

Treasury Letter 20,682 06. C.- The preceding observation applies also to this Sub-Head, the payments during the year being mainly dependent upon the amount of, and the result of, litigation in which the various Departments represented by the Solicitor to the Trcasury may be involved.

The expenditure under this Sub-Head is distributable among the several Departments and Matters as follows:

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G.–The ro following payments were made with Treasury Sanction from this Sub-Head, viz. :—

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H.- The Surplus on this Sub-Head is mainly attributable to the non-engagement of two additional Clerks for whom a provision of 4501. was made under the item “ Personal Allowance for Clerks”; to savings on “Establishment Copying"; and to an unclaimed moiety of the amount provided for the Admiralty and War Office Agent at Malta.

CLASS III.—continued.

VOTE 1.-LAW CHARGES, ENGLAND—continued.

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EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant--continuer?.
J.--The Estimate for this service is fixed by the Treasury, and the following payment was made
under Their Lordships' directions :--

£. d.
To Wyatt and Co. (21,049/05)
re Crown Lands Bill 1905

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JJ. - The Expenditure under this Sub-Head was sanctioned by the Treasury on the 14th June 1905
(5851/05), and is in respect of the loss of two sums of public money, viz. : 31. 12s. 1d. and 31. 198. 11d.
temporarily in the custody of Officers in the Department.

K.-The increase in the receipts is mainly attributable to the costs recovered in Crown's Nominee matters. The receipts are apportionable as follows :-

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Under the Treasury Minute, dated 5th July, 1895, the under-mentioned Fees have been paid during the Financial Year ended 31st March, 1906, to the Law Officers of the Crown, as shown hereunder, in respect of contentious business :

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The Surplus of 9801. 11s. 7d., shown on the Account of the Vote “Law Charges, England," for the year
ended 31st March, 1905, has been surrendered.

Desart,
W. Ravn,

Accounting Officer.
Clerk in charge of Accounts.

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

John A. Kempe,
Examined,

Comptroller and Auditor General.
H. J Biduell.

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