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VOTE 10.-PUBLIC EDUCATION, IRELAND—continued.
EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.
Sub-Head A.-Administration : A. 1.-Office Salaries, Wages, &c.
£. 177. 19. 5. Excess. Excess due to payment for extra attendance to the members of the Office Staff for preparation of
Parliamentary Returns required during the year. A. 2.-Travelling Expenses
£. 139. 11. 4. Excess. Travelling and personal expenses of Commissioners for attendance at meetings of the Board were somewhat
higher than anticipated. A. 3.-Legal Expenses
£. 1. 11. 9. Saving Casual Saving A. 4.- Rents
£. 12. 4. Saving. Casual Saving A. 5.--Incidental Expenses
- £. 199. 11. 7. Excess. The cost of advertisements was much higher than anticipated, and more stamps were required for official use
than was expected. Sub-Head B.- Inspection : B 1.-Salaries
£. 103. 17. 3. Saving. Saving due mainly to the falling off in the number of Evening Schools, with a consequent diminution in the
amount of fees payable to the Inspectors in regard to the inspection of such schools. B. 2.-Travelling and Personal Expenses
£. 2,078. 13. 10. Saving. This saving arises principally from the decrease in the amount of inspection caused by the falling off during
the year in the number of Evening Schools ; there was also some economy effected through the use of sub
centres for the members of the inspection staff. Sub-Head C.-Training Colleges : C. 1.-Marlborough Street Training College
£. 1. 6. 2. Excess. Casual Excess. C. 2.-Training Colleges under Private Management
. - £. 258. 10. 6. Excess. The number of diploma bonuses awarded during the year in respect of ex-King's Scholars was slightly larger
than anticipated. Sub-Head D.-Model Schools : D. 1.-Central Model Schools
• £. 45. 10. 1. Saving. Casual saving. D. 2.-Other Model Schools
£. 352. 1. Excess. The Expenditure in respect of charing, the up-keep of the domestic establishment attached to these schools,
and of supply of School apparatus, etc., was somewhat larger than anticipated.
Model Schools, and Teachers paid by Capitation, Manual
£. 102,696. 10. 7. Excess.
heads amounted to 1,153,6301., and the payments therefrom to 1,178,1141. 198. 9d.-an excess of 24,4841. 198. 9d. This excess is due to the fact that, in accordance with sanction previously obtained from the Treasury, a sum of over 40,000?. due to teachers as Residual Capitation Grant in respect of the year ended 31st December, 1905, was paid in the month of March, 1906, instead of in the following month as in preceding years. This action was taken in order to reduce, as far as the funds in the hands of the Commissioners from the sums voted to them for the expenditure of the year would permit, the amount of payment in respect of capitation grant due and fully matured for discharge in the year ending 31st March,
1906, necessarily postponed to the ensuing financial year. Hnd this special payment not been made there would have been a saving for the year of about 16,0001. on the
combined Sub-Heads, of El and H. Close approximation of expenditure and estimate cannot be relied upon under these combined Suh-Heads,
which comprise nearly the whole amount of the Vote, and which are governed by an extensive and complex
code of rules. E. 2.—Monitors
£.11,202. 8. - Saving This saving is due to the estimate provision for the sub-head of 40,0001. having been retained for the year
pending the settlement arrived at after the estimate was framed, of a new scheme for pupil teachers and
monitors, The estimate for this service is now considerably reduced, and is limited to the amount of the anticipated
expenditure under the new scheme. E. 3.-Organising Teachers
£. 27. 7. 2. Saving. Casual saving. 27.
VOTE 10.-PUBLIC EDUCATION, IRELAND-continued.
EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant-continued.
R. 4.-Retiring Gratuities
£. 218. 1. 4. Saving. The expenditure under this Sub-Head cannot be estimated in advance with any close degree of accuracy. The
claims for award of Retiring Gratuities in 1905-6 were considerably less than the average for preceding years.
E. 5.-Repayment of Commission to Local Sub-Postmasters, and Incidentals £. 28. 4. 11. Saving.
• £. 205. 3. 9. Saving.
the suspension of grants towards the cost of building schoolhouses.
E. 7.-Evening Schools
• £. 11,071. 11. 8. Saving. The saving under this Sub-Head is in conseqnence of the extensive decline in the number of Evening Schools
in operation during the past year.
Sub-Head F.-Manual and Practical Instruction :
- £. 728. 1. 8. Saving. Saviug due to the fact that claims from teachers for expenses incurred in attending courses of instruction at
local centres were fewer than anticipated. There was also a temporary depletion of staff of suborganizers during the year by vacancies.
F. 2.-Equipment Grants
£. 2,565. 3. 2. Saving. The demands made during the year by school managers for grants of science equipment were unexpectedly
Sub-Head J.-Appropriations in Aid .
. £. 1,631. 15. 1. Deficit. Deficit due to the fact that, subsequent to the framing of the estimate, sanction was given by the Treasury
for payment being made to the Teachers of school fees collected from model school pupils ; such fees were hitherto appropriated in aid of the Vote.
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS IN AID.
LOSSES IRRECOVERABLE. The expenditure as recorded under Sub-heads E1, E2, and H, includes sums of 31. 2s. 11d., 1. 88. 10d., and 21. 198. id. respectively paid in error, but which cannot now be recovered ; application has been made for authority from the Treasury for writing off these sums, amounting in the total to 6l. 108. 10d. as irrecoverable.
VOTE 10.--PUBLIC EDUCATION, IRELAND-continued.
Return showing Extra Remuneration (when exceeding £25) received by Officers of the Board out of Public Funds, in addition to their fixed salaries during the year ended 31st March 1906.
Notes to Sub-Head B. 1
Notes to Sub.Head D.
One Inspector received from the Intermediate Educa-
Notes to Sub-Head F. 1
The Directress of Needlework received from the War
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The Surplus of 4,0141. 8s. 7d., shown on the Account of the Vote for "Public Education, ireland,” for the year ended 31st March, 1905, has been surrendered.
W. J. M. Starkie,
Office of National Education,
I certify that this Account has been examined under my directions, and is correct.
John A. Kempe, Comptroller and Auditor General.
C. H. Archibald.
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Class IV. continued.
PUBLIC EDUCATION, IRELAND.
REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.
1. EXPENDITURE in excess of the Estimate has taken place under Sub-Heads A. 1, A. 2, A. 5, C. 1, C. 2, D. 2, E. 1, and G. 2.
Sub-Head C. 2. With reference to paragraph 4 of my Report of last year, I have been informed Training that correspondence is proceeding with the view of rendering more effective the Colleges. obligation entered into by the Scholars on their admission to the Training Colleges, to
refund, under certain circumstances, to the Commissioners the sums advanced for their maintenance and tuition.
Residual 3. With reference to paragraph 4 of the Report for 1902-3, and to the Second Report Capitation of the Public Accounts Committee for 1904 (page vii.) dealing with the question of the Grant.
postponement of payment of Residual Capitation Grant until the following financial Expenditure year, I have to state that a settlement has now been effected without having recourse
to a Supplementary Estimate. With the sanction of the Treasury, bona fide savings on the Vote are devoted to the payment of arrears of this Grant, and it is anticipated that from the year 1907–8 it will be possible to make all the payments within the financial year to which they relate.
4. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 1,1871. 128. 2d.
CLASS IV. continued.
ENDOWED SCHOOLS COMMISSIONERS, IRELAND.
ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to pay the Expenses of the
Office of the COMMISSIONERS for MANAGING certain SCHOOL ENDOWMENTS in IRELAND, in the Year ended 31st March, 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.
EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.
In the Estimate for 1905–06 provision was made for a Secretary at a
salary of 4501., for a Clerk at a salary of 1551., and for an allowance
copying remained unexpended. B.— Travelling:
Three SPECIAL Meetings of the Board were held during the year, and the
Expenditure thus entailed caused the Vote to be exceeded.
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