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VOTE 4.-HOME OFFICE—continued.
EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.
A.- The excess is due to (1) additions made to the Staff during the financial year; and (2) the grant of gratuities for special duties to a Junior Clerk, a Staff Officer, and a Second Division Clerk.
B. --The excess is mainly due to the expenses incurred by two officers of the Department as delegates to the International Conference held at Berne in 1905, with regard to certain labour questions.
C.- The expenditure under this Sub-Head is subject to considerable fluctuations.
E.—This surplus is mainly due to two causes :-(1) Savings were made in consequence of the retirement during the financial year of a Superintending Inspector and four Inspectors, and the death of an Inspector; and (2) the expenditure for local offices and clerks was less than the sum provided.
G.–As the oxpenditure depends upon the number of accident reports received, the Estimate is necessarily only approximate.
L.—The Estimate did not make sufficient allowance for the reduction of expense which has resulted from improved methods of inspection.
P. – This surplus is due to (1) an extra allowance of 1001. having been in abeyance throughout the financial year; and (2) savings consequent on the retirement of an Assistant Inspector.
Q.- Owing mainly to the change of the headquarters of an Assistant Inspector and the absence of another Assistant Inspector on sick-leave, the expenditure under this Sub-Head was below the average of recent years.
R. - The Estimate under this Sub-Head is necessarily only approximate.
AA.—The number of Inebriates under detention was over-estimated ; two new Reformatories filled less rapidly than was expected, and the average population of the other Reformatories was lower than had been anticipated.
BB.-Casual variation. - CC.-The increase of expenditure shown under this Sub-Head at the time of framing the Estimate was not maintained.
-Expenditure consequent on the passing of the Aliens Act, 1905.
£688 2 6
1, 2, 3. Casual variations.
A Junior Clerk in the Home Office received 401. for his services in preparing a précis of the evidence given before Parliamentary Committees on the London Building Acts Amendment Bill, 1905.
The Clerk for Mining Statistics in the Home Office received 501. for special work in connection with the preparation of the General Report and Statistics of Mines and Quarries for 1904 and 1905.
Three Assistant Clerks in the Home Office received respectively 531. 16s. –d., 281. 14s. 6d. and 271. 7s. 2d. for extra duties performed out of office hours.
An Assistant Inspector of Mines received 451. for acting as Assistant Examiner under the Board of Education.
CLASS II.- continued.
VOTE 4.-HOME OFFICE—continued.
The Surplus of 5,2341. 2s. 9d. shown on the Account of the Vote “Home Office,” for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered. Home Office, Whitehall,
W. P. Byrne, 17 November 1906.
I certify that this Account has been examined under my directions, and is correct.
H. J. Bidwell.
John A. Kempe, Comptroller and Auditor General.
REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL,
1. EXPENDITURE in excess of the Estimate has taken place under Sub-Heads A., B., F., G., H., T., and X.
2. New Sub-Heads, CC 1., CC 2., CC 3. and CC 4., have been introduced into the Account, with Treasury sanction, in order to record expenditure incurred in connction with certain provisions of the Aliens Act, 1905, 5 Edw. 7, Ch. 13.
3. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 4,6511. 118. ld.
Class II. continued.
ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to pay the Salaries and Expenses of the Department of His MAJESTY'S SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, in the Year ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.
EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant. A.-Caused by the retirement of a Senior Clerk and by promotions at minimum rates of Salary; also by the abolition of the post of Superintendent of African Protectorates.
C.-Chiefly owing to a reduction in the Staff of King's Foreign Service Messengers.
D.- Considerable economy has resulted from a re-arrangement of the Foreign Messengers' journeys. Less has been taken for 1906–7. E.— Cannot be accurately estimated.