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VOTE 5.

POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS.

ACCOUNT of the Sun Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to defray the Salaries

ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or

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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.

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1. The increase provided for in the Estimate was not required. The chief causes were as

follows :—(4) Provision for diversion from Railway Maintenance not carried out during the year. (1) 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 provision for Temporary Force was met by employment of Provincial Sorting Clerks and Telegraphists.

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3. A fluctuating item.
4. There were savings in administration, set off by a transfer from Sub-Head A 6 of this Vote
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.
11.
12. Over-estimated.

1. The amount required was over-estimated.
2. Due to savings on some of the larger works provided for in the Estimate.
3. 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.
4. Due to the postponement of several large works for the Admiralty and the War Office

which were provided for in the Estimates.
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(a) Against the total charge shown under this Sub-Head there is a set-off of 38,9471. 6s. -fd. under Sub-Head I. in respect of Sale of Old Stores.

£. () 1. War Office Establishment

633 10 24 2. Admiralty

5,496 1 10 3. Civil Departments

2,467 4 10 £. 8,596 16 10%

(c) Including Value of Materials, B.1.-9,0881. Ils. 1014.; B.2.--153,6941. 48. Ild. ; B.3.—28,9261. 10s.71d.;

B.4.--5,4141. 16s. 61d.; B.5.--3961. 168. 10d. Total-197,5211. -s. 9 d.

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

£.

d. (6) Value of Stores in hand 31st March, 1905- 1,015,919 4 24 Including Stores, value 285,5171. 13s. Id., charged to

the Suspense Head of the Telephone Capital Account. Less reduction on re-valuation

8,922 4 8.

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Value on 1st April, 1905.

1,006,996 19 6 Value of Stores in hand 31st March, 1906, viz.:

£.

d. Serviceable Stores 998,385 14 67 Stores set aside for sale 21,952 12 4

1,020,338 6 103 Including Stores, value 273,2561. 158. 5d., charged to the

Suspense Head of the Telephone Capital Account.
Increase in year 1905-6 £. 13,341 7 43

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VOTE 5.-Post OFFICE TELEGRAPHS—continued.

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Explanation of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

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1. A slight over-estimate.

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3. 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.
5. Due to failure of supply from well in G.P.O. West.
6.
7. Cannot be accurately estimated.

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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.

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

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