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CLASS I.-continued.

WOTE 1.-ROYAL PALACEs—continued.

STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURE

Balance. Section. Description. Wote. Expenditure. Unexpended. Excess. £. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. Brought forward - 2,930 3,358 5 7 13 9 7 4.41 15 2 ROYAL PALACES-continued. Royal Mews, Pimlico : 3 Construction of Motor. Car Garage, &c., 1,670 1,804 17 4 - 134 17 4 with accommodation for chauffeurs. 5 Alterations to Farriers' Shop - - - - – 3 6 - – 3 6 1904-5 St. James's Palace;. (Partly in the occupation of His Majesty.) 9 | Extension, of Electric Lighting (State | 1,360 | 931 & 3 || 428 16 9 Rooms, &c.). Construction of a Lift - - - - - 608 5 11 - 608 5 11 Windsor Castle : 4 Construction of Additional Stores - 650 603 7 4 46 12 8 5 Ventilation of Glass Roof at Mews - 100 98 11 — 1 9 – 6 Electric Light. Installation, proportion of - 53 3 7 - 53 3 7 1904–5 total cost of ol. in respect of mains and external work. 7 Construction of Sanitary Accommodation - 49 5 8 - 49 5 8 1904-5 for Labourers. Works at St. George's Chapel in connection - 110 9 8 - 110 9 8 with marriage of .R.H. Princess Margaret of Connaught. Construction of Stone Stairs from East - 718 4 11 - 718 4 11 Terrace to Lawn. Carried forward - - - £. 6,710 || 8,335 17 9 490 8 – 2,116 5 9

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- - - - - - - The cost of electric lighting was in excess of the original

estimate. - £. s. d Total Estimate - - 100 — — . Remanet. Expenditure to 31st - March 1906 - 82 16 1 Balance - £. 17 3 11 £. s. d. Expenditure to 31st The lighting of the ...; Room at St. James's Palace was. March 1906 - – 2,808 6 — included in the programme for the year, but was subsequently deferred. - - - - - - - This lift was fitted to remedy the great inconvenience caused by the want of any means of easy access to the Principal Floor of the Palace.

- - - - - - Casual variation

- - - - - - - Casual variation.

; s. d. Expenditure to 31st Remanet. March 1906 - - 3,992 11 2 £ s. d. - Total Estimate - - 150 — — . Remanet. Provision for this work was made in the Estimates for Expenditure to 31st 1904-5, but the whole of the charges relating thereto could not March 1906 - - 129 8 10 be disposed of before the close of that year.

Balance - £. 20 11 2

- - - - - Expenditure incurred in fitting up St. George's Chapel for the yal Wedding.

- - - - - - - || Much inconvenience has been experienced in the past at Public Functions held at the Castle owing to the fact that no means of access from the Terrace to the Lawn existed for their Majesties. It was necessary, to undertake the work, during this year in order that it might be completed by the Summer of 1906; provision for foil. expenditure is made in the Estimates for 1906-7.

CLASS I.—continued.

Vote 1.-ROYAL PALACES-continued.

STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURE

Section.

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Balance. Description. Vote. Expenditure. Unexpended. Excess. ------ - - |£. s. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. Brought forward - - - | 6,710 8,335 17 9 490 8 – 2,116 5 9 ROYAL PALACES-continued." Windsor Castle (continued): Alterations in the Windows of certain State - 367 – 5 - 367 – 5 Rooms. Windsor Home Park : Construction of Mess Room and Sanitary 500 496 11 9 3 8 3 Offices for Labourers. coinction of Shed for Mowing Machines, 150 157 9 3 - 7 9 3 ovc. Widening Carriage Road (George IV. Gate- 500 494 2 9 5 17 3 way to Cambridge Lodge). Alterations in Drainage Works - - - 253 4 11 - 253 4 11 Windsor Royal Kitchen Gardens: Erection of New Wash-houses - - - - 157 9 – - 157 9 – Various Palaces: Works and alterations of a minor character 2,100 600 13 4 1,499 6 8 * £. 9,960 | 10,862 9 2 | 1,999 – 2 2,901 9 4 Net Excess £. 902 9 2

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

29 November 1906.

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CLAss I.-continued.

VOTE 1.

ROYAL PALACES.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.

Excess. 1. ExPENDITURE in excess of the Estimate has taken place under Sub-Heads D, E and H.

§o. 2. A Statement of Expenditure under Sub-Head D, “New Works, &c.," is appended *W* to the Account. Treasury authority has been obtained, where necessary, to cover charges for which no provision had been made.

§o. 3. Expenditure has been incurred on the following works for which no provision was * * * made in the Estimates:–

provision
was made. £ s. d.
St. James's Palace—Construction of Lift - - - - 608 5 11
Windsor Castle—Construction of Stone Stairs from East 718 4 11
Terrace to Lawn - " - - - - - }
Windsor Castle–Alterations in Windows of certain State
} 367 – 5
Rooms - - - - - - - -
Windsor Home Park —Alterations in Drainage Works - 253 4. 11

Frogmore House—Improvement of Water jo of Lake 183 – —
Holyrood Palace–Works in connection with the Review 241 13 5
of the Scottish Volunteers - - - - } r

The cost of these works has been partly met by the under-expenditure on “Minor Works,” which head shows a saving of 1,499.l. 6s. 8d. on a vote of 2,100l.

Fo of . 4. In the course of my examination it was noticed that, whereas the supplies of ory not Cabinet Ironmongery are obtained under competitive tender, the supplies of Furnishing subject to . which exceed the former considerably in total value, are obtained from

Public one retail firm in London and are not made the subject of public tender.

tender. In answer to inquiries on the subject, I was informed that the rates charged are governed by a schedule of prices which is revised periodically, the rates being subjected to a very critical examination and comparison with those of other ...i. firms, and further, that so soon as the difficulty of obtaining the necessary storage accommodation

can be overcome, the Board will be in a position to invite tenders from manufacturers for general supplies.

Surplus. 5. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 204l. 3s. 11d.
£. s. d.
Grant (Gross) - - - - - - - - – 63,275 – –
loxpenditure (Gross) - - - - - - - 62.933 9 7
Net Surplus - - £. 341 10 5

Deduct,

Estimated Appropriations in Aid not realised - - - 137 6 6
Net Amount to be Surrendered - - - £. 204 3 11

John A. Kempe, Comptroller and Auditor General.

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