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REVENUE DEPARTMENTS, AND Post OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES.

VOTE 3.-Post OFFICE—continued.

Explanation of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

8. Due to a further falling off of correspondence conveyed by the Southampton-Colon route.

9. Due to the retirement during the year of two regular officers, replaced by temporary

officers with lower allowances. 10. A fluctuating item.

Cannot be accurately estimated

Treasury.

Certain additional expenditure was authorised by the

The amount provided for probable increase was not all required.

An over-estimate.

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REVENUE DEPARTMENTS AND Post OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES,

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NATURE OF RECEIPT.

Amount Estimated.

Amount Received.

Explanation of the Causes of Variation between Estimates and Receipts.

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5,300

5,678 11 4

The “gain by conversion ” of Foreign Money Orders (1,6831. -s. Id.), which is accounted

for under this Sub-Head, was larger than was anticipated.

Void Postal Orders

15,500

15,612 2 8

Poundage on Postage Stamps purchased from the Public, &c.

1,200

1,704 5 74 Cannot be accurately estimated.

Postage of Savings Bank Department

70,000

73,334 6 7

See explanation under Sub-Head E. 10 of this Vote.

Contribution by the White Star Line towards the cost of accelerating the

Mail Service from Dublin to Queenstown on Thursdays

1,000

1,000

Contribution by the Cunard Line towards cost of earlier transmission of

Outward American Mails on Saturdays

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Additional premises were sub-let on sites acquired after the Estimate was framed.

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Deduct-Share of receipts common to Postal and Telegraph Services

transferred to Sub-Head I of the Estimate for the Post Office Telegraph (24 per cent. of Common Services)

6,855

9,715 5 8

£.

8. d.

£. 8. d.

85,070

89,230 9 10

TOTAL

£.

200,275

217,824 17 104

In aldition, the sums of 2,431l. 18. 104d., the final balance of the Parcel Post Irregularities Fine Fund, and 15,043 38. 85d., the final balance of the Registered Letter Irregularities Fine Fund, were paid

into the Exchequer in the year as Extra Receipts.

REVENUE DEPARTMENTS, AND POST OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERX ICES.

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The Surplus of 51,4551. 11s. 81., shown on the Account of Vote III. “Post Office,” for the year ended 31st March, 1905, has been surrendered.

Charles A. King, L. Maclean,

Comptroller and Accountant General, Principal Bookkeeper.

Accounting Officer. General Post Office,

30 November 1906.

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

Examined,

Il'. M. Martin,

John A. Kempe, Comptroller and Auditor General.

REVENUE DEPARTMENTS, AND Post OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES.

VOTE 3.

POST OFFICE.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.

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1. EXPENDITURE in excess of the Estimate has taken place under the following Excess. Sub-Heads, viz:

A. 1, 2, 4, 8, 16.-Chief Offices.
B. 1, 2.-Circulation Office (London).
C. 1, 3, 5, 6.-Provincial Establishments.
E. 1, 2, 5, 10, 14, 16, 18.—Post Office Savings Banks.
G. 3, 6.-Conveyance of Mails.

H.-Purchase of Sites, &c.
2. With regard to the Explanations under Sub-Heads A, 1, 2, 3 and 4, B. 1 and E. 1. Transfer of
I may state that salaries for the month of March, 1906, payable under Warrants dated Salaries from

1906–7 1st April

, and provided for in the Estimates for the year 1906-7, were actually paid on to year Saturday 31st March. As the result of a communication from my Department pointing 1905-6. out that in the circumstances these salaries appeared to be properly chargeable to the year 1905-6, a total sum of 70,9061. 25. 3.l., charged in the first instance against the Post Office Vote for the year 1906-7, has been transferred to the year 1905–6 now under review. The Treasury, to whom the matter was referred, have further assented to a proposal by the Postmaster-General that in future, in conformity with the practice in other Government Departments, Head Quarter Salaries in the Post Office should be paid on the last day of the period to which the payments relate.

3. Sub-Head E. 18, Losses by Default, etc. (Post Office Savings Banks). The expendi- Defalcations ture of 1,8521. 138, 30, recorded under this Sub-Head includes amounts of 3091. 10s. Id. and at Newport 3921. 186. 10d., being the net loss to Savings Bank Funds from defalcations, in connection and Mitchielswith the accounts of certain illiterate depositors, by the late Sub-Postmistresses of town. Newport (County Tipperary) and Mitchelstown respectively, who were both sentenced to twelve months imprisonment with hard labour. It also includes an amount of 1851. 198., Fraudulent fraudulently withdrawn from a Savings Bank account at Bristol, the oftender in this withdrawal

of Deposits instance being sentenced to three years penal servitude. In each case the loss has been charged to the Vote with Treasury sanction.

4. Sub-Head H, Purchase of Sites, etc. The Excess of 23,0141. 18s. ld. under this Exchange Sub-Head is in part attributable to the fact that it was found impossible to carry out, in of properties the manner intended, an Agreement entered into with the Great Western Railway postele Company for an exchange of properties at Paddington. By the terms of this Agreement Department the Postmaster-General was to pay to the Company a net sum of 12,2977. “ as estimated and the Great by the Board of Works for equality of exchange,” which net sum was included in the

Railway Estimates for the year 1905-6. In March, 1906, a payment of 24,2241. 148. 11d. was Company. made to the Company, and in reply to a Query I was informed that the Department had already taken possession of the Company's property dealt with in the Agreement, but would be unable to surrender the property belonging to it until the extension of the Sorting Office, now being carried out, had been completed, or had made considerable progress. In these circumstances the gross amount due to the Company, with interest in respect of deferred purchase, was paid, and a sum of 11,6621. will be receivable froin the Company upon the transfer of the property of the Department, which, under the Agreement, should be effected by 31st December, 1907.

5. In addition to the sum of 217,8241. 178. 10}. realised as Appropriations in Aid of Extra the Vote, sums of 2,431 ls. 104. and 15,0131. 38. 8}d., representing the final balances Receipts. of the Parcel Post Irregularities Fine Fund and the Registered Letters Irregularities Fine Fund respectively, have been paid direct into the Exchequer. 6. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 103,9531. 2s.6d. Surplus.

£. s. il Grant (Gross)

10,920,813 Expenditure (Gross)

10,834,409 15 4.}

at Bristol.

Net Surplus

£. 86,403 4 71
Add.,--
Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the Estimate 17,549 17 103
Total Amount to be Surrendered

£. 103,953 2 6

STORE ACCOUNTS. 7. A test examination of Postal Store Accounts has been carried out, with generally Examination

of Store satisfactory results, in London, Edinburgh and Dublin.

decounts. REVENUE. 8. The Account of Postal Revenue has been subjected to a test examination at the Examination

of Revenue Chief Offices in London, Edinburgh and Dublin. The results have proved generally

Account. satisfactory, and the Treasury and the Post Office have been so informed.

John A. Kempe,
Comptroller and Auditor General,

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