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REVENUE DEPARTMENTS, AND Post OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES.

VOTE 3.

POST OFFICE.

Expenses of the Post OFFICE SERVICES, the Expenses of Post Office Savings Banks and 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.

1. A close estimate. There would have been a small saving but for the decision that salaries

for March, 1906, paid on Saturday, the 31st March, were proper to the account for

1903–6. See Treasury Letter of 7th November, 1906, No. 18454. 2. ditto. ditto.

ditto.

3. The saving is due to changes on the Establishment. The amount would have been larger

but for the decision to which reference is made under Sub-Head A. 1.

4. See explanation under Sub-Head A. 1.

5.

6.

7. Stocks were kept low in order to minimise cost of removal of Postal Stores from Mount

Pleasant to Studd Street, Islington; and further there was a small over-estimate. 8. The cost of electric light and gas fittings, provided for under Sub-Head A. 10, was, by

arrangement with the Comptroller and Auditor General, charged to this Sub-Head. There is a corresponding saving under A. 10.

9. The consumption of water was less than was anticipated.

10. The cost of electric light and gas fittings was borne by Sub-Head A. 8 (see explanation under

that Sub-Head); and a sum provided for purchasing plant in connection with the new

Power Station at Blackfriars was not used. 11. A fluctuating item.

12.

13.

14. (1) All the cycles estimated for were not required, and a saving was effected in maintenance.

(2) Stocks were kept low in order to minimise cost of removal. (3) Amount provided for examination and adjustment of scales at Provincial Offices was not required, the

scheme not having come into operation. 15. Cannot be accurately estimated.

16. A fluctuating item. The loss to the Public is reduced by £36 15s. 6d. on account of salaries,

wages, etc., which were due to certain officers since dismissed, not having been paid.

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VOTE 3.-Post OFFICE—continued.

Explanation of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

1. See explanation under Sub-Head A. 1.

2. Insufficient allowance was made for increase.

3. An over-estimate.

1. A close estimate. The causes of variation are (a) The provision made in the Estimate

for the general revision of scales of pay in the Provinces was not quite sufficient ; (4) Owing to a change of practice made at the request of the Comptroller and AuditorGeneral certain payments made towards the close of the Financial Year, but not brought to account until the following year, were charged back to the Vote for 1905-6.

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3. An under-estimate, explainable as shown under Sub-Head, C. 1.

4. Due to the extension of the system of providing for season duty, leave substitutes, etc., by

the employment of assistants.

5. The cost of electric light and gas fittings provided for under Sub-Head C. 7 of this Vote,

was, by arrangement with the Comptroller and Auditor-General, charged to this Sub

Head. There is a corresponding saving under C. 7. 6. See explanation (6) under Sub-Head C. 1.

7. The cost of electric light and gas fittings was borne by Sub-Head C. 5. (See explanation

under that Sub-Head.)

8. Cannot be accurately estimated.

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VOTE 3.-POST OFFICE-continued.

Explanation of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

1. The amount provided for the Imperial Postal Order Service was not all required.

2.

3.

1. Due (1) to the cause explained under Sub-Head A. 1 of the Postal Vote ; and (2) to a large

increase in the number of transactions which followed the introduction, in July 1905, of

the system of Payment on Demand. 2. There was more travelling than usual in connection with investigations in cases of fraud.

(See Sub-Head 18 of this Vote).

3.

4.

5.

6. There was a decrease in the amount of water consumed.

7. Mainly due to the reduction in the price of gas and coal, and to the cost of electric light

fittings provided for under this Sub-Head, being charged to Sub-Head E. 15, by arrangement with the Comptroller and Auditor-General.

8. A fluctuating item.

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