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CLASS I.-continued.

VOTE 7.—DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR BUILDINGS—continued.

OF NEW WORKS, &c., 1905-6-continued.

OBSERVATIONS.

Requirements under this head cannot be foreseen with accuracy.

The former buildings were of a temporary character and had fallen into extremely bad condition. It was a matter of urgent necessity to replace them by permanent structure before the setting in of the next rainy season.

Provision for this Service is made in the Estimates for 1906–7.
Some preliminary expense was incurred this year.

The appointment of a new Minister to this Legation necessitated various works of alteration in order to bring the accommodation up to modern requirements and to properly fit the premises for his occupation.

The water supply was inadequate, and it was hoped that by deepening the well a further supply would have been obtained. The anticipation was, however, not realised, and the work had eventually to be abandoned.

These works were rendered necessary by the decease of the late
Minister and the change of occupation consequent thereon.
Alterations and improvements had to be effected before the
new Minister could enter into occupation.
As in the case of Lisbon a change of occupation involved un-
foreseen expenditure on works necessary to fit the premises for
the incoming Ambassador.

This land was acquired with a view to the eventual erection of a
Consulate.

Hitherto, Consular Officers visiting these places have been dependent upon Siamese accommodation : the ground now purchased will be available for camping purposes, and inexpensive buildings may be ultimately erected thereon.

This work was carried out by the Minister at Tehran as a matter of urgency, difficulties having arisen owing to the limited water supply.

Schomberg K. McDonnell,

Accounting Officer.

CLASS I. continued.

VOTE 7.

DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR BUILDINGS.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.

Excess.

1. Expenditure in excess of the Estimate has taken place under Sub-Heads B and C.

New Works, 2. A Statement of Expenditure on “New Works, &c.," included under Sub-Head A is Sub-Head A. appended to the Account. Treasury Authority has been obtained, where necessary, to

cover charges for which no provision, or inadequate provision, had been made in the Estimate.

The Statement shows a net Saving of 7,2201. 128. 10d. under this Sub-Head, the principal items on which Savings have occurred being :

Grant. Unexpended. £.

£. No. 4. Cairo-Erection of New Consulate

2,000

1,997 9. Dakar

3,000

2,996 10. Madrid–New Embassy House

40,000

6.221 13. St. Petersburgh-New Heating Apparatus

2,100

2,100

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On the other hand Excess Expenditure of 5,7481. on a Vote of 5001. has taken place under “Works of an Unforeseen or Minor Character”; and 4721. has been expended on

Erection of New Consular Buildings at Alexandria,” for which no provision was made in the Estimate for the year. It is noticed in connection with the latter work that there was a saving of 4,6591. on the total estimated cost of 18,5001.

New Works,
China,
Japan and
Corea.

3. The Estimates for 1905-6 and for earlier years showed one total sum for “ New Buildings,” &c., in China, Japan and Corea, no details being given either of the total estimated cost of, or the annual provision for, each work. This information is, however, given in the Estimates for 1906–7, which also show the amount voted for each separate work in 1905-6.

Surplus.

4 The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 5,2051. 14s. 7d.

£. 8. d. Grant (Gross)

95,830 Expenditure (Gross)

90,805 2 1

Net Surplus

£. 5,024 17 11
Add-
Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the Estimate 180 16 8
Total Amount to be Surrendered

£. 5,205 1+ 7

John A. Kempe, Comptroller and Auditor General.

CLASS I. continued.

VOTE 8.

REVENUE BUILDINGS.

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

CUSTOMS, INLAND REVENUE POST OFFICE and POST OFFICE TELEGRAPH BUILDINGS in GREAT BRITAIN, and certain Post OFFICES ABROAD, including Furniture, Fuel, and Sundry Miscellaneous Services, in the Year ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.

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CLASS I.—continued.

VOTE 8.-REVENUE BUILDINGS—continued.

EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

A.-See Statement of New Works.

B.—The requirements generally were in excess of anticipation.

C.—The expenditure on offices in the Provinces was less than had been expected.

D.-Casual variation.

E.-Due to the decrease in the cost of fuel owing to contracts having been placed at lower rates than estimated for, and to the lessened consumption due to the mild winter,

F.-See Statement of New Works.

G.–The provision was somewhat over-estimated.

H.--Casual variation.

1.-Casual variation.

J.-Casual variation.

K.-See Statement of New Works.

L.-Due to the continuous growth of the Service : increased provision is made in 1906-7.

M. - Due to the continuous growth of the Service : increased provision is made in 1906-7.

N.—The cost of fuel was less than had been anticipated owing to the lower prices and the mild winter.

0.-See Statement of New Works.

P.-Casual variation.

Q.-Casual variation.

R.-See explanation under Sub-Head N.

S.—The receipts from sales of old materials on sites cleared for the erection of Post Offices were considerably in excess of anticipation : it is not possible to forecast credits of this nature with any accuracy. The rents received in respect of Customs and Inland Revenue Property sublet were also in excess of the Estimate. Class I.-continued.

VOTE 8.-REVENUE BUILDINGS—continued.

CLAIM ABANDONED.

11. 3s. 8d., being value of old materials sold from Mount Pleasant Postal Works, has, with Treasury Authority, been written off as irrecoverable.

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EXTRA REMUNERATION.

A Temporary Foreman Engineer, in special recognition of his service in devising the safety apparatus applied to the lifts at the General Post Office East, received a gratuity of 501.

The Surplus of 13,4091. 15s. 6d., shown on the Account of the Vote “Revenue Buildings,” for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered

His Majesty's Office of Works, &c.,

&c.} 29 November 1906.

Schomberg K. McDonnell,

Accounting Officer.

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

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