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Vote 5. - - - - - - POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS. - - - - -

ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to defray the Salaries ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or

Expenditure, compared with Grant. SERVICE. GRANT. ExPENDITURE. Less More . than Granted than Granted. - SUB-HEAD A.— TELEGRAPH SYSTEM. 1. Salaries, Wages, and Allowances ad 551,700 – – 509,701 – 10 41,998 19 2 -

ditional to Salaries.

2. Travelling - - - - - 60,000 – — 59,134 10 24 865 9 25 - 3. Materials - - - - - 267,000 — — (a)277,009 1 –1 - - 10,009 1 – 4. Rent, &c. - - - - - 11,500 – — 11,241 12 4 258 7 7} - 5. Rates on Telegraph Wires, &c. - 4,800 – – 5,151 3 13 - - 351 3 1? 6. Gas, Water, Fuel, &c. - - - 6,200 — — 3,416 6 7; 2,783 13 4} - 7. Maintenance by Railway Companies, 99,000 – – 96.842 1911, 2,157 - - &c. 8. Works carried out by Railway Com- 20,600 – – 13,616 3 11 6,983 16 1 - panies and others, chargeable to Maintenance, &c. 9. Wayleaves - - - - - 38,500 – – 40,639 10 3} - - 2,139 10 31 10. Incidental Expenses - - - 2,100 — – 1,907 – 6"| 192 19 6 . 11. Maintenance of Cable Ships - - 2,300 – 2,380 13 64 - - 80 13 6; 12. Royalties - - - - - 700 – – 371 15 — 32s 3 - || - ToTAI, of Sub-Head A. - - £. 1,064,400 – — 1,021,411 17 455,568 10 6312,580 7 11 | Net Surplus - - - £. 42,988. 2. 74. SUB-HEAD B.— TELEGRAPH WORKS.* 1. Extensions - - - - - 20,000 — — 14,783 14 10} 5,216 5 1} 2. Re-arrangements - - - - 200,000 – – 190,964 8 –$ 9,035 11 11}| - 3. Private Telegraphs - - - - 35,000 – – 42,504 10 84 - - 7,504 10 84 4. Government Departmental Tele- 20,000 – – (b) 8,596 16 ionos 3 13 - raphs. . 5. co ommunication. - - - 1,000 — – 854 3 64. 145 16 54 6. Annuity for Advances under the 399,352 – – 399,351 5 – – 15 — Telegraph Acts, 1892 to 1904. | —ToTAI, of Sub-Head B. - - £. 675,352 – — | c)657,054 19 125,801 11 7} 7,504 10 8} | Net Surplus - £. 18,297. – 10}. * Balance Repayment Services charged to a Suspense Account. Expenditure. remaining to be recovered. £. s. d. £. s. d. Works executed for Railway Companies and others - - - 12,199 19 34 22,690 l l 9; Works executed for the War Office - - - - - 10,192 17 3; - - Works executed for the Board of Trade - - - - - 1,750 14 2; 1,750 14 2:

(For notes (a) (b) and (c) see opposite.)

- - - - - VOTE 5.
- - - - POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS.

and Working Expenses of the POST OFFICE TELEGRAPH SERVICE, in the Year Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.

Explanation of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

1. The increase provided for in the Estimate was not required. The chief causes were as follows:—(a) Provision for diversion from Railway Maintenance not carried out during the year. (b) Saving in maintenance by substitution of Paper-core Cable for Gutta Percha Wires. (c) Various vacancies and new appointments were not filled up during the year, and the lo. for Temporary Force was met by employment of Provincial

Sorting Clerks and Telegraphists. so 3. A fluctuating item. 4. There were savings in administration, set off by a transfer from Sub-Head A 6 of this Wote 5. Due for the most part to a general increase in the Rates. 6. Due to the amount provided for Electric Light Fittings being transferred to Sub-Head A 4, an amount provided for New Works, the buildings for which were not ready, a sum provided for driving machinery which was charged to Sub-Head B 2, and to minor savings. 7.

8. Provision was made for certain works at the Central Power Station and in connection with diversions from Railway Maintenance which could not be carried out during the year.

9. Slightly under-estimated. 10. Cannot be accurately estimated.

12. Over-estimated.

. The amount required was over-estimated.

. Due to savings on some of the larger works provided for in the Estimate.

. Includes the cost of a Private Telephone Circuit from London to Newcastle which the Department was called upon to construct after the Estimates were framed.

Due to the postponement of several large works for the Admiralty and the War Office which were provided for in the Estimates.

(a) Against the total charge shown under this Sub-Head there is a set-off of 38,947. 6s. -3d. under Sub-Head I. in respect of Sale of Old Stores.

£. s. d.

(b) 1. War Office Establishment - - - - - - - - - - - - 633 10 23 2. Admiralty - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - || 5,496 l 10 3. Civil Departments - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2,467 4 10},

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WoTE 5.—POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHs—continued. - - - -

Expenditure, compared with Grant. SERVICE. GRANT. ExPENDITURE. Less More than Granted. than Granted. SUB-HEAD C.— - ---- T - –– CENTRAL TELEGRAPH O -- on Oro, e, , , , , . . . . . . . . . 1. Salaries, Wages, and Allowances ad- 485,500 – – 481,378 8 11} 4,121 11 —#| - ditional to Salaries. 2. Travelling - - - - - 50 – — 21 7 13 28 12 10} . o 3. Rent - - - - - - 2,050 – – 2,551 12 3} - - 501 12 3} 4. Gas, Electric Light, &c. - - - 3,700 – — 2,372 13 11} | 1,327 6 – . | 5. Water, &c. - - - - - 4,500 – — 5,046 2 11 - - 546 2 11 6. Rates - - - - - - 1,000 — — 996 19 5 3 – 7 || - 7. Incidental Expenses - - - - 3,500 – — 3,444 6 5 | 55 13 7 || - Total of Sul. Head c. . . e. 500,300 - - rosii in 5.535 to 15 of Net Surplus - - - £. 4,488. 8. 11. SUB-HEAD D.— LONDON TELEPHONE SERVICE. 1. Salaries, Wages, and Allowances ad- 53,000 – — 49,887 3 5 |3,112 16 7 ditional to Salaries. 2. Travelling - - - - - 200 — – 300 17 7 - - 100 17 7 3. Rent, Gas, Water, &c. - - - 1,850 – – 1,693 5 7; 156 14 4} - 4. Incidental Expenses - - - - 100 – — 62 18 7 37 1 5 || - TOTAL of Sub-Head ID. - - £. 55,150 — — 51,944 5 24 3,306 12 44 100 17 7

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Railway Companies and others for trans- 58,000 — — 58,915 1 5 - - 5 r action of Public Telegraph Business. > > 915 1 5 SUB-HEAD F.— Manufacture of Stamps, &c. - - 2,700 – – (a) 2,476 4 6 223 15 6 SUB-HEAD G.-Purchase, &c., of Telegraph Engineering 22,000 – (b)24,589 13 4% - |2,589 13 4} Stores. Sub-HEAD H.Share of Expenses common to the 2,457,700 - - 2,459,041 16 8} | - - 1,341 16 84 Postal and Telegraph Services, transferred from the Post Office Estimate III. (Sub-Head L.)

(a) The value of materials of Telegraph Books issued to Postmasters for sale in the year was 1,6521. 15s. -d. | £ s. d.

(b) Value of Stores in hand 31st March, 1905- - 1,015,919 4 24 Including Stores, value 285,517. 13s. 1d., charged to the Suspense Head of the Telephone Capital Account. Less reduction on re-valuation - - - 8,922 4 8, Value on 1st April, 1905- - - 1,006,996 19 6 Value of Stores in hand 31st Mark 1906, vio- &. (1. Serviceable Stores - 998,385 14 6;

Stores set aside for sale 21,952 12 4
r — 1,020,338 6 10; Including Stores, value 273,256!. 15s. 5d., charged to the
– Suspense Head of the Telephone Capital Account.

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- - - Wote 5.-Post OFFICE TELEGRAPHS-continued.

Explanation of the Causes of Wariation between Expenditure and Grant.

1. A slight over-estimate.

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. Due to the amount provided for Electric Light Fittings under Sub-Head C4 being transferred to this Sub-Head, and to the cost of an Electric Fan, &c., the need for which was not foreseen.

4. An amount provided for plant in connection with the New Power Station at Blackfriars was not spent, and a sum provided for Electric Light Fittings was charged to the Sub-Head C 3.

. Due to failure of supply from well in G.P.O. West.

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. Cannot be accurately estimated.

1. The amount provided for increased expenditure was slightly over-estimated. The Service is still growing rapidly.

2. An under-estimate.

3. An amount provided for plant in connection with the New Power Station at Blackfriars was not spent.

4. Cannot be accurately estimated.

A close estimate.

An over-estimate.

The value of stores issued to works was less than anticipated. 4."

See the explanations given under Sub-Heads A. C. H. and I. of the Postal Vote (III).

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