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Class I.—continued.

Vote 1.
ROYAL PALACES.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.

Excess. 1. Expenditure in excess of the Estimate has taken place under Sub-Heads D,

E and H.

Sub-HeodD. 9. A Statement of Expenditure under Sub-Head D, " New Works, £c.," is appended New Works. to tne Account. Treasury authority -has been obtained, where necessary, to cover charges for which no provision had been made.

Expenditure 3 Expenditure has been incurred on the following works for which no provision was ° made in the Estimates :

was made. £ s. d.

St. James's Palace — Construction of Lift - - - - 608 511

Windsor Castle — Construction of Stone Stairs from East) ,_1R A. 11

Terrace to Lawn - • - - - - |

Windsor Castle — Alterations in Windows of certain State) O/jt e

Tl . "«' ~ O

Rooms -------- j

Windsor Home Park —Alterations in Drainage Works - 253 411
Frogmore House — Improvement of Water Supply of Lake 183 - -

Holyrood Palace — Works in connection with the Review) 241 13 5

of the Scottish Volunteers j

The cost of these works has been partly met by the under-expenditure on "Minor Works," which head shows a saving of l,49i)£. 6s. 8(1 on a vote of 2,100i.

Purchases of 4 ln the course of my examination it was noticed that, whereas the supplies of n» t Cabinet Ironmongery are obtained under competitive tender, the supplies of Furnishing

subject to Ironmongery, which exceed the former considerably in total value, are obtained from

Public one retail rivm in London and are not made the subject of public tender.

tender. jn answor jo inquiries on the subject, I was informed that the rates charged are

governed by a schedule of prices which is revised periodically, the rates being subjected to a very critical examination and comparison with those of other reliable firms, and further, that so soon as the difficulty or obtaining the necessary storage accommodation can be overcome, the Board will be in a position to invite tenders from manufacturers for general supplies.

Surplus. 5, The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 204/. 3s. lid.

£. «. d. Grant (Gross) ..... ... 63.275 -

Expenditure (Gross) - - - 62,933 9 7

Net Surplus - - £. 341 10 5
Deduct,
Estimated Appropriations in Aid not realised - - - 137 6 6

Net Amount to be Surrendered - - - £. 204 3 11

John A. Kempe,

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