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Sub-Head 8. Statement C, appended, shows the cost of the “Collection of Commercial IntelliK.-- gence” in 1905-6 to have amounted to 1,9551. 198. 8d. thus raising the total charge to Commercial 12,8291. 118. 4d. The appointment of Commercial Agents at certain posts had been Agents.
sanctioned by the Treasury for an experimental period of three years from the 1st January 1903. As it was found that the expenditure had not ceased on the expiry of that period I inquired whether the subject had again been brought under the notice of the Treasury. In reply I have been informed that while unable to approve the further prolongation of the scheme until 31st March, 1908, as recommended by the Secretary of State, Their Lordships have sanctioned an extension for one year in order to give time for the consideration of the matter.
9. As shown also in Statement C. the total cost of the maintenance of the Mosquito ex-Chief and his secretary in Jamaica, including a charge of 8861. in 1905-6, has amounted to 13,2211. 108. -d. It appears from information recently furnished by the Foreign Office, that a treaty has now been signed and ratified and that a sum of 4,0001. will shortly be paid over by the Nicaraguan Government in respect of the maintenance of the ex-Chief.
10. This Vote is charged under Sub-Head K. with Expenses amounting to 1,0001.58. 9d. K.-Attack in connection with an attack on Colonel Douglas and Captain Lorimer while in Luristan. travelling on the public service in South West Persia. The Treasury sanctioned the
payment from British funds of a moiety of the expenditure incurred, the other moiety being charged against India. A sum of 2,000l. claimed from the Persian Government, if, and when recovered, is to be divided equally between the British and Indian Governments.
GENERAL CONSULAR SERVICES.
11. As explained on the Account, Sub-Head Q, Special Services, &c. is charged with Expendi. the sum of 1,1591. 178. d. owing to the measures taken for the protection of British ture: Dis- subjects during the disturbances in Russia. The amount of expenditure, to which turbances
Treasury sanction was given, represents payments of 3001. and 2501. for the detention of and Earthquake.
the steamships“ Thistledhu” and “ Cranley” respectively at Odessa, and of 6091. 178. -d. on chartering the steamship" Freda” to proceed to Riga. Sub-Head Q. is also charged, under Treasury sanction, with sums of 1001. 501. and 251. paid respectively to an Acting Vice-Consul, a Dragoman, and a Cavass at Scutari as compensation for their unusual exertions and personal losses during a recent earthquake.
BANKRUPTS' ESTATES, &c.
Credits from 12. In continuation of paragraph 9 of my Report of last year it may be mentioned that Bankrupts' out of the receipts amounting to 1,0291. 78. 5d. on account of balances of Bankrupts' Estates. Estates, &c., a sum of 9901. 18. 11d., representing balances unclaimed for fifteen years and
remitted from the Supreme Court at Shanghai, has been paid to the Exchequer. This course has been adopted under Treasury Instructions which are embodied in Their Lordships' Minute of 21st December 1906 on the Second Report of the Committee of Public Accounts, 1906.
13. Reference has been made in previous Reports to the subject of sums in the hands Receipts by of Diplomatic and Consular Officers which are not included in the Accounts of Public Diplomatic Moneys rendered by the several officers as Sub-Accountants of the Foreign Office, nor and
in the cash accounts rendered to my Department for audit, and the matter was Consular
discussed before the Committee of Public Accounts last year, Qs. 4143–4152. In the Officers.
Treasury Minute of 21st December 1906 on the Second Report of the Committee of
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adoption of amended forms of Return to secure the due rendering by Diplomatic and Consular Officers of regular returns of all moneys in their possession for which H.M. Government is in any way responsible. On consideration of the specimen forms which were forwarded to me by the Foreign Office it did not seem to be clear that the amended form, showing the transactions in ex-officio receipts, which was to be supplementary to the Accounts Current, was to be made applicable to the Accounts of Diplomatic Officers or of Consular Officers in China and Japan, &c. As the result of an inquiry addressed to the Foreign Office on this point I have been informed that “there has hitherto been no question of applying this system to Heads of Missions, as they do not deal with Estates or levy Fees." It is however admitted that “occasionally sums are received by them from Foreign Governments, but in such cases the money is at once sent to this country and paid over to the Treasury or His Majesty's Paymaster General.” In the case of Consular Officers in China a new form of Balance Certificate is to be used which meets all requirements. This latter form, however, deals only with balances and does not show the transactions within the period of the account.
Although these proposals do not deal with the matter quite as completely as I had suggested, they have been accepted by the Treasury after full discussion and consideration, and as they will undoubtedly afford a more effective check so far as they extend, I have acquiesced for the present in the Treasury decision in order to afford the opportunity of a trial of the new arrangements.
14. With reference to the note at the foot of page 421 of the Estimates relating to the Sub-Head refund to Indian Revenues in respect of Diplomatic and Consular Services in China, 00:
adjustment Persia, Turkey-in-Asia, and Siam, I have requested that the refund of 1,7061. to Indian
of Account Revenues in 1905-6 may be supported by a Statement showing particulars of addi- with India. tional expenditure since 1900, and I am awaiting the Foreign Office reply to my communication.
15. The following Fee Returns in respect of the year 1905-6 have not yet been Fee Returns received
not received Corinto, September quarter, 1905.
March quarter, 1906.
March quarter, 1906.
September, quarter, 1905.
1906. Fee Returns from Corinto for December quarter, 1904 and March quarter, 1905, and from Aracaju for the year, 1903–4, and June and December quarters, 1904, to which reference was made in paragraph 11 of last year's Report, are still outstanding. 16. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 16,2551. 188. 5d. Surplus.
£. 8. d Grant (Gross)
648,387 Expenditure (Gross)
639,215 10 1 Net Surplus
£. 9,171 9 11 Add, Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the Estimate - 7,084 8 6
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CLASS V.--VOTE 1.-DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR SERVICES continued.
(A.) STATEMENT of the EXPENDITURE in the Year 1905-6, under those Sub-Heads of the Vote for DIPLOMATIC and ConsulAR SERVICES (DIPLOMATIC)
which are not estimated for in Detail.
For details of the Expenditure under the Sub-Head “Special Missions and Services," see separate Statement annexed. * This Sub-Head includes Foreign Newspapers, Porterage on Official Business, Fêtes and Illuminations, Official Fees, Dresses for Cavasses Constantinople, Garden Expenses at Constantinople and Tehran, Water Supply at Constantinople, Annual Renewal of Stable Gear and Stable Expenses at Tehran, Extra Translations, Flags and Flagstafts, and such other Expenses as would not come within the other Sub-Heads of the Vote. CLASS V.
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Danube Navigation Commission
Samoa in 1899
death of Sir M. Gerard, British Military Attaché with Russian Forces in Manchuria Presentation to Manager of Imperial Railways of North China for Services rendered
while the Peking-Shanhaikwan line was under British Administration Grant to family of late Lieutenant Ishibata of the Japanese Army who was killed while
in charge of British Military Attachés during investment of Port Arthur