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£. s. d. Remanet. The excess on the Estimate is due to the provision in (Total Estimate - - - - - 7C0 – — the Stamp Office of a cord carrier for the transmission of war-J Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 778 9 8 rants, a service not anticipated when the forecast was prepared. Excess - - - £. 78 9 8

The requirements of the year were over-estimated.

..The lease of the premises was for sale, and as in the event of the purchaser desiring to obtain possession for his own use it would have been difficult to obtain other accommodation for the I.R. Department equally satisfactory, it was deemed advisable to purchase it.

Accommodation for the I.R. Department has been provided in the new Post Office in course of erection. This expenditure represents the proportion of the total cost for the year applicable to the Inland Revenue Office : separate provision is made in the Estimates for 1906–7. d £ s. d. The expenditure to 31st March 1905 proved to be greater than had) Total Estimate - - - - - 7,650 – – been anticipated when the Estimate for this year was prepared, Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 8,062 17 7 with the result that the expected charge thereon has been correspondingly reduced. The excess on the total Estimate is due to unforeseen expenditure in connection with the foundations,

and to increased cost of fittings. Excess - - £. 412 17 7 £. s. d.

The exceeding on the year is due to an adjustment of account) Total Estimate - - - - - 7,480 – – between the Inland Revenue Office and }. other services for UExpenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 7,535 ll – which the building was erected, corresponding, savings being --shown under those heads (County Court and Probate Registry). Excess - - £. 55 11 –

Casual variation. The electric light installation has been carried out in conjunction with the work of improving the accommodation, and the expenditure cannot be differentiated between the two services. The total Estimate for the combined works was 1,300l. (500l. voted 1905-6, and 800l. sanctioned by the Treasury in 1904–5) as against a total expenditure to 31st March 1906 of 1,277.

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Remanet. Total Estimate - - - - - 150 – – so to 31st March 1906 - - 113 7 9

Balance - - £.T 36 12 3

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Progress was slower than had been anticipated. (Total Estimate - - - - - 1,200 - i Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - 289 16 8

Balance - - - £. 910 3 4

The Inland Revenue Commissioners strongly urged the necessity for improvements in the office accommodation, which was unsatisfactory and inconvenient.

Casual variation.

The cost of the necessary structural works was less than had been provided for.

The requirements of the year were less than had been anticipated.

-*CLASS I.-continued. Vote 8.-REVENUE BUILDINGs—continued. STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURE FOR NEW WORKS-continued. Vote. BALANCE. Section. DESCRIPTION. ExPENDIPost. 4. Total "* |Unexpended. Excess. POST AND TELEGRAPH BUILDINGS. KI. WORKS IN PROGRESS. £. £. £. £. s. d. £. s. d £. s. d Mondon District. 4 | Blackfriars : New Power Station - - 11,000 11,000 || 3,644 2 7 || 7,355 17 5 || - 5 | Chelsea : New Post Office - - 6,750 2,250 9,000 7,064 6 1,935 18 6 || – l Eastern District : Post Office Enlarge. 9000 3000 12,000 16,959 13 - || – – 4,959 13 ment 6/04–5 Finsbury Park : New Sorting Office - - - - 1 19 2 | – - 1 19 2 | L. 15 Fore Street and Newgate Street: - - - 90 – - || – - 90 – – isis Adaptations and Fittings, &c. 7/04–5 Hanwell: New Sorting Office - - - - - 54 14 7 || – - 54 14 7 6 Hoy Telegraph Factory: Enlarge- - 5,000 || 5,000 || 4,468 11 – 531 9 - || – menu. 8/04-5 Knightsbridge : New Post Office - - - – 112 5 9 || – - 112 5 9 7 Lower Edmonton : New Sorting Office 920 - 920 445 6 — 474 14 – | - 9/04–5 || Muswell Hill ; New Sorting Office - || – - - 1 7 3 || – - 1 7 3

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- £. s. d. There was some delay in connection with the preparation of plans, ( Total Estimate - - - - 40,000 – – and the progress made by the contractors fell short of antici.J Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 10,715 – 3 pation. Balance - - - £. 29,284 19 9

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The work was delayed pending the completion of the purchase ( Total Estimate - - - - - 16,850 – — of an additional strip of ground. Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 8,357 15 4 Balance - - - £. 8,492 4 8

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Progress was more rapid than had been anticipated. Total Estimate - - - - - 34,750 – – Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 19,098 18 4

Balance - - - £. 15,651 l 8

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Remanet. | Total Estimate - - - - - 4,000 — – Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 3,834 18 4

l Balance - - - £. 165 l 8

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Remanet. This was a payment made under the terms of the [Total Estimate ... - - - - 4,500 – — lease in respect of certain w.c.’s removed, an equivalent sum s Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - 5,870 18 3 for cost of erecting having been allowed to the Government l when the premises were originally taken. Excess - - - £. 1,370 18 3

£. s. d. Remanet. Total Estimate - - - - - 2, 170 — – Expenditure to 31st March 1996 - - 2,214 4 10 Excess - - - £. 44 4 10 £ s. d. The accepted tender was lower than had been anticipated. Total Estimate - - - - - 13,000 — — | Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 11, 191 ll 4 Balance - - - £. 1,808 8 8 - - - - £. s. d. Remanet. The excess on the original Estimate is due to the [Total Estimate - - - - - 5,200 — — necessity for meeting the views of the Ecclesiastical Commis- J Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 6, 194 18 4 sioners, the freeholders, who required the structure to be of a -more ornamental character than at first proposed. Excess - - - £. 994 18 4 - - - - £. s. d. The proportion of the total cost falling upon this year was less ( Total Estimate - - - - - 2,425 – — than had been anticipated when the Estimate was prepared, J Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 2,536 19 4 the expenditure to 31st March 1905 having exceeded expecta. tion. Excess - - - £. ll l 19 4 - £ s. d. Remanet. Total Estimate - - - - - 3,200 — — Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 2,897 - 10 Balance - - - £, 302 19 2

CLASS I.-continued. Vote 8.-REVENUE BUILDINGS-continued. STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURE FOR NEW WORKS-continued. Vote. BALANCE. Section. DESCRIPTION. - ExPENDIPost. *i. Total. TURE. Unexpended. Excess. Post AND TELEGRAPH BUILDINGs—cont. £. £. £. £. s. d £. s. d £. s. d KI. WORKS IN PROGRESS—continued. London District—cont. 2 | Northern District: New Post Office - || 24,000 8,000 32,000 24,417 12 4 || 7,582 7 8 || – 3 | Northern District: Postal Stores - 27,750 9,250 37,000 39,417 1 - || – - 2,417 l – 8 Shepherds Bush: New Sorting Office - | 1,150 - 1,150 | 3,435 l 5 || – – 2,285 1 5 9 | Southwark : New Parcel Office - 25,000 - 25,000 17,237 – 6 7,762 19 6 || – 11/04–5 || Stockwell ; New Sorting Office - - - - 26 12 3 || – - 26 12 3 10 || Streatham : New Sorting Office - - 2,650 - | 2,650 2,133 6 5 516 13 7 || – 11 Upper Holloway Sorting Office: Exten- 600 - 600 333 18 3 266 1 9 || - Slon 12 || Willesden Sorting Office : Enlarge. 1,800 - 1,800 1,997 8 10 || – - 197 8 10 ment. 1404–5 || Wimbledon Branch Post Office : En- - - - 4 6 6 || – - 4 6 6 largement. 13 || Winchmore Hill: New Sorting Office 1,310 - 1,310 278 19 5 | 1,031 –

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There was delay in connection with the engineering portion of [ Total Estimate - - - - - 61,750 – — the work, and, as a consequence, the structural work | Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 49,883 4 2 dependent thereon. -Balance - - - £. 11,866 15 10

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The exceeding is due to the provision of additional fittings, ( Total Estimate - . . . . - - 88,000 — – racks, &c., to meet the increased requirements of the Post J Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 84,178 17 2 Office Authorities. Balance - - - £. 3,821 2 10 £. s. d.

The building was pushed on in order to meet the exigencies of [ Total Estimate - - - - - 4,020 – — the Post Office Service. The saving on the work is due to J Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 3,513 – — the fact that the tenders were much lower than had been expected. Balance - - - £. 507 – — £. s. d.

Progress was delayed with the result that expenditure which it ( Total Estimate - - - 75,530 –

was expected would have been defrayed during the year did | Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 55,727 12 9 not come in course of payment till after the close thereof. There is a saving on the total estimate due to the receipt of Balance - - - £. 19,802 7 3 a low tender.

£. s. d Total Estimate - - - - - 4,950 - Remauet. In this case also the accepted tender was remark- J Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 4,133 16 8 ably low. Balance - - - £. 81 l 3 4 £. s. d. Total Estimate - - - - - 4,050 – – The actual cost has proved less than the Estimate, the tender J Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 3,408 8 2 accepted having been exceptionally favourable. Balance - - - £. 641 l l 10 £. s. d. Total Estimate - - - - - 2,100 — – The expenditure to 31st March 1905 exceeded expectation, the J Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 2,013 19 8 result being a saving on the provision for 1905–6. Balance - - - £. 86 – 4 £. s. d. The work executed during the year was more than had been ( Total Estimate - - - - - 2,560 – – anticipated. . The contract was taken at a lower price than Expendi ure to 31st March 1906 - - 2,051 1 ll had been anticipated. Balance - - - £. 508 18 l £. s. d. Total Estimate . - - - - 1,250 – – Remanet - - - - - - - - - - - | Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 1,003 l 10 Balance - - - £. 246 18 2 Total Estimat 2 £. s. d There was a considerable exceeding over the estimate for the otal Estimate . . . . . + ions ,810 – — previous year, the result being a corresponding saving on that Expenditure to 31st March 1906 - - 2,639 6 6 now under notiee. Balance - - - £. 170 13 6

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