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VOTE 3.-ROYAL PARKS AND PLEASURE GARDENS-continued.
ON NEW WORKS, &c., 1905–1906.
Excess due mainly to the heavy legal charges and other fees
connected with the acquisition of the ground necessary for the widening of the gateway.
This work was postponed ; a re-vote was taken for the year
arendatrene 1906 } £ 1,432 4 8 This excess was caused by the erection of plant pits for which no
provision had been made, but the urgent necessity for which was strongly pressed by the Regius Keeper in view of the difficulty experienced in affording proper protection to plants in the winter, and also to the fact that work in the previous year was so delayed that charges expected to fall on that year did not mature until after the close thereof.
ROYAL PARKS AND PLEASURE GARDENS.
REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.
1. EXPENDITURE in excess of the Estimate has taken place under Sub-Head F.
2. A Special Sub-Head, Hi “Compensation for Injuries,” has been opened for the Sub-Head.
purpose of recording the exceptional expenditure explained by the Accounting Officer.
This payment was made with the concurrence of the Treasury. New Works. 3. A Statement of Expenditure on "New Works, &c.," included under Sub-Head E, Sub-Head E. is appended to the Account. Treasury authority has been obtained, where necessary,
to cover charges for which no provision, or inadequate provision, had been made.
4. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 1,0091. 48. 1d.
ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, for HOUSES
PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS, 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.-See Statement of New Works.
B.--The cost of general repairs to the Building, including the preparation of the Speaker's House on change of occupation, proved heavier than had been anticipated.
C.--The expenditure on general maintenance was less than had been estimated, and some charges in con. nection with the improvement of the lighting did not come in course of payment before the close of the year.
D.—The cost of fuel proved less than had been expected, and there was a saving on the provision for electric lighting extension.
The Surplus of 2951. 8s. 1d. shown on the Account of the Vote “Houses of Parliament Buildings," for the year ended 31st March, 1905, has been surrendered. His Majesty's Office of Works, &c.,
Schomberg K. McDonnell, 29 November 1906.
I certify that this Account has been examined under my directions, and is correct.
John A. Kempe,
Comptroller and Auditor General.