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REVENUE DEPARTMENTS, AND Post OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES.

VOTE 4.

POST OFFICE PACKET SERVICE.

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

Post OFFICE PACKET SERvice, in the Year ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon cach Sub-Head of the Vote.

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REVENUE DEPARTMENTS, AND Post OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES.

VOTE 4.-PosT OFFICE PACKET SERVICE-continued.

EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

A.-The amount provided for probable variation in Agreements, etc., was not all required.

C.-(1) Non-renewal of the Royal Mail Company's West Indian Contract ; (2) the amount provided for sea sorting in the case of the Cunard Service was not required; and (3) a saving in the provision for growth of mails for the United States.

E.---The greater part of the amount provided for contingencies was not required owing to the establishment of an Australian Service maintained by the Commonwealth.

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In addition, the sum of £6,888 ls. 8d., the final balance of the Captains' and Masters' Widows' Fund was paid into the Exchequer as an Extra Receipt.

EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Estimates and Receipts.

* The West Indian contribution ceased on the termination of the Royal Mail Company's Contract on the 30th June, 1905.

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REVENUE DEPARTMENTS, AND POST OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES.

VOTE 4.-POST OFFICE PACKET SERVICE-continued.

The Surplus of 46,2941. 6s. ld., shown in the Account of Vote IV., “ Post Office Packet Service,” for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered.

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I certify that this Account has been examined by officers under ny directions, in accordance with the 29th Section of the Act 29 and 30 Vic. c. 39, including a test audit as directed by Treasury Minute of 27 March 1899, and that the Account is correct.

Examined,

John A. Kempe,
Comptroller and Auditor General.

W. M. Martin.

REVENUE DEPARTMENTS, AND Post OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES.

VOTE 4.

POST OFFICE PACKET SERVICE.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.

1. It is observed that, in addition to the sum of 162,3331. 108. - 2. realised as Appro- Extra priations in Aid of the Vote, a sum of 6,8881. 18. 8d., representing the final balance of the Receipts. Captains' and Masters' Widows Fund, has been paid direct into the Exchequer.

2. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 94,6801. 158. 9d.

Surplus.

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