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REVENUE DEPARTMENTS, AND POST OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES.

VOTE 5.-- Post OFFICE TELEGRAPHs—continued. involving an increase of staff, was submitted to the Treasury on the 31st October 1904, who postponed its consideration pending the settlement of the question of abolishing District Depôts, and this again stands over owing to the difficulty of obtaining a suitable site at Birmingham. Pending the introduction of this proposed system of cross-check, I would point out that the Post Office appear to lack a valuable safeguard against frauds or irregularities.

10. With reference to a sum of 1471. 108. -d., written off, with the consent of the Telephone Treasury, in respect of Telephone Apparatus destroyed by fire at Tottenham, it appears,

Apparatus from the Schedule of Losses for the quarter ended 31st December 1905, that a claim for destroyed by the value of the Apparatus was made upon the Renters, who, however, declined to pay, Tottenham. and the Postmaster-General was advised that as the Private Wire Agreement contained no provision expressly providing for such a contingency, the claim could not be enforced. It is understood that a clause, rendering the Renters liable for any damage that the Lines or the Apparatus may sustain by fire on their premises, will be inserted in the new Form of Agreement to be prepared by the Departınent.

REVENUE.

11. A test examination of the Account of Telegraph Revenue has been made at the Examina. Chief Offices in London, Dublin, and Edinburgh. The results have proved generally

tion of

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

Account.

John A. Kempe,
Comptroller and Auditor General.

POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS (TELEPHONIC SYSTEM).

An Account of the Receipts and Payments by the Postmaster General under the Telegraph Acts, 1892,

1896, 1898, 1899, and 1904.

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Advances from the
Exchequer.

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Expenditure on

Works, etc.
Expenditure on Stores

Cr.

not yet allocated
(Suspense Head).

12,401 15 10

211,609 10 1

199,207 14 3

31st

Balance on
March, 1906.

6,819 14 81

6,819 14 81

£.

762,033 15 415,000,000

5,756,919 14 81

£.

762,033 15 41 5,000,000

5,756,819 14 85

General Post Office,

30 November 1906.

L. Maclean,

Principal Book-keeper.

Charles A. King,

Comptroller and Accountant General.

REVENUE DEPARTMENTS, AND POST OFFICE PACKET AND TELEGRAPH SERVICES - continued.

RE VENUE DEPARTMENTS.

The subjoined Summary compares the Gross Expenditure for the Services of the Revenue Departments with the Gross Grants for the Year 1905-6; and also shows

the variation between the Sums Estimated and Realised as Appropriations in Aid, together with other Extra Receipts, payable to the Excheque::.

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s GRAND SUMMARY.

Expenditure, compared with Grant.

Appropriations in Aid.

Other Extra Receipts, payable to Exchequer.

No. of Class.

SERVICE.

TOTAL
Grants
(Gross).

TOTAL
Expenditure

(Gross).

Amount

to be Surrendered.

Surplus.

Deficit.

Add,

Deduct, More than Estimated. Less than Estimated.

Estimated

Realised.

£.

£.

s. d.

£.

S. d.

£. 8. d.

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VI.

Non-EFFECTIVE AND CHARITABLE SER1

VICES

816,649

802,451 14 1

14,233 5 11

19 18

14,213 7 11

REVENUE DEPARTMENTS, PACKET AND
TELEGRAPH SERVICES

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19,949,530

19,680,412 4 - 269,117 15 111

37,888 19 111

10,541 10

REVENUE.

296,465 5 11

24,367 18

TOTAL Amount to be Surrendered

£.

896,512 11 2

More than
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TOTAL AND NET COST.

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