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CLASS II.-continued.

VOTE 1.

HOUSE OF LORDS OFFICES.

ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to pay the Salaries and

Expenses in the Offices of the HOUSE OF LORDS, in the Year ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.

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1 Class II. continued.

VOTE 1.-HOUSE OF LORDS OFFICES—continued.

EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

A.–Saving arising from the absence of extra Clerical assistance, there having been no public function necessitating such a charge.

B.- Fraction of a pound.

C.--Savings arising from the smallness of the charge on the item of “Indexes to Reports of Select Committees” and also on the item of “ Nautical Assessors.'

D.-The charges for Delivery of Minutes, &c., and for Postage, Parcels, Cab-hire, &c., were below the Estimate.

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K. | The charges on these Sub-Heads, which cannot be accurately estimated, were severally below the L.

Estimate.

M. N. 0.

The charges on these Sub-Heads were severally below the Estimate.

P.--Appropriations-in-Aid.—The amount of Fees received on Private Bills and Oppositions thereto was above the Estimate, the probable sum that will be received thereon being most difficult of calculation, with any degree of accuracy, before the publication of the Estimate.

Estimated amount of Fees to be applied as Appropriations in Aid

£.25,000

£. S. d. 33,768 7 1

Amount of Fees realised in the Year 1905-1906 -
Deducted for payment of Superannuation Allowances beyond the interest on the

invested Fee Fund, Fees returned, &c.

3,528 7 4

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The Surplus of 3,9571. 188. 6d., shown on the Account of the Vote “House of Lords Offices," for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered. 22nd November 1906.

Henry Graham,

Accounting Officer.

I certify that this Account has been examined under my directions, and is correct.
Examined,

John A. Kempe,
W. M. Martin.

Comptroller and Auditor General.

Class II.—continued.

VOTE 1.

HOUSE OF LORDS OFFICES.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.

1. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 5,9781. 158.-d.

Surplus

8.

Grant (Gross)
Expenditure (Gross)

£.

d.
42,051
41,312 4 9

Surplus • £. 738 15 3
Add,
Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the Estimate £. 5,239 19 9

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APPROPRIATIONS IN AID. 2. The full amount of Fees realised in the year 1905-6 was 33,768l. 78. 1d., of Appropria. which 3,528l. 78. 4d. was applied in making good the amount by which the Super- tions in Aid. annuation Allowances of the Officers of the House of Lords exceeded the interest of the invested Fee Fund, which is applied in payment of these allowances.

FEE FUND ACCOUNT. 3. A detailed examination has been given to the Fee Fund Account, and the result Fee Fund

Account. was satisfactory.

John A. Kempe,
Comptroller and Auditor General.

CLASS II.--continued.

VOTE 2.

HOUSE OF COMMONS OFFICES.

ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to pay the Salaries and

Expenses in the Offices of the HOUSE OF COMMONS, in the Year ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.

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CLASS II.--continued. .

VOTE 2.-HOUSE OF COMMONS OFFICES—continued.

EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

A.-Saving caused by the vacancy in the office of Chairman of Ways and Means during the Whitsuntide

recess.

B.-Saving caused by changes in the staff and by the number of public petitions being small.
C.- The

expense of postage was less than estimated.
D.-Saving caused by changes in the staff.
E.— The expense of the delivery of votes and papers was below the estimate.
F.-Saving caused by changes in the staff.
G.-Incidental expenses were less than estimated.

H. and I.—The number of witnesses called and the amount of evidence given before Select Committees was very small.

K.—The cost of police was below estimate.

L.—The amount of fees cannot be accurately estimated; it much dopends on the amount of contentious private business.

The Surplus of 1,0321. 138. 6d., shown on the Account of the Vote “House of Commons Offices,” for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered.

W. Gibbons,

Accounting Officer. 26 July, 1906.

James W. Lowther,

Speaker

I certify that this Account has been examined under my directions, and is correct.

Examined,

W. M. Martin.

John A. Kempe, Comptroller and Auditor General.

VOTE 2.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.

Surplus.

8. d.

The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 6,0701. 68. 9d.

£. Grant (Gross)

59,500 Expenditure (Gross)

57,378 4 9
Surplus

£. 2,121 15 3
Add,-
Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the
Estimate

3,948 11 6

Total Amount to be Surrendered

£. 6,070 6 9

John A. Kempe, Comptroller and Auditor General.

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