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Class H.—continued.
Vote 5.—Foreign Officecontinued.

Extra Remuneration.

The following Extra Allowances were made to Members of the Foreign Office during the year:—

Date of Treasury Amount. Authority.

From the Foreign Office Vote :— £ s. d.

To a Second Division Clerk, Higher Grade. Gratuity for Services in Dec. 8, 1905 &

connection with the Judicial Order in Council for China and Corea - 50 - - Feb. 2, 1906.

From the Diplomatic and Consular Services Vote: £,. s. d.

To a Junior Clerk, First Class. For translations in connection with

the North Sea Inquiry Commission - 67 17 - May 5,1905.

To a Junior Clerk, First Class. Outfit as Secretary to H.H.H.

Prince Arthur of Connaught's Garter Mission to Japan - - 100 - - Nov. 24, 1905.

To the Assistant Legal Adviser. Gratuity for services in connection
with the settlement of claims arising out of the disturbances in
Samoa in 1899 100 - - June 17,1905.

The Surplus of 2,256/. 17s. 9rf. shown on the Account of the Vote "Foreign Office" for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered.

Foreign Office, "\ W. C. Cariwrighl,

November 30 1906. / Accounting Officer.

I certify that this Account has been examined under my directions, and is correct.

Examined, John A. Kempe,

C. H. Archibald. Comptroller and Auditor General.

Vote 5.
REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.

Surplus. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 3,783?, 5s. 2d

£. s. d.

Grant (Gross) 65,703 -

Expenditure (Gross) - ... 61,897 16 10

Surplus - - - £. 3,805 3 2
Deduct,
Estimated Appropriations in Aid not realised - - 21 18 -

Net Amount to be Surrendered - - £. 3,783 5 2

John A. Kempe,

Class 11.—cant in ued.

Vote 6.
COLONIAL OFFICE.

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 the Colonies, including a Grant in Aid of certain Expenses connected with Emigration, in the Year ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.

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Explanation of Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

A.—The saving was mainly due to the occurrence of vacancies caused by the retirement of a Principal Clerk and others, and to the consequent appointment and promotion of officers at minimum rates of salary. There was also a saving under ?' Copying" and "Temporary Assistance."

B.—Small savings occurred on the "Housekeeping" item, and a saving of 102Z. arose on the item for "Travelling " owing to the Messengers' expenses being below the average of recent years. These savings proved more than sufficient to meet an excess of about 56J. on the provision for parcels postage, which was due mainly to the fact that five quarters' supply of stamps were paid for during the year in the case of the Emigrants' Information Office.

* Extra Remuneration.

A Second Division Clerk of the Higher Grade was paid a gratuity of 801. for special services rendered during the South African War and the period of exceptional pressure following the war.

The undermentioned officers received extra remuneration from the provision under the item in the Estimate, Class II., Vote 6, for " Temporary Assistance, including overtime of Second Division Clerks and others," &c., for overtime, <fec.—Assistant Superintendent of Printing Branch and Shorthand writer 45£. 3s.; Assistant to Supervisor of Copying *59J. 16s. 2d.; Supplementary Clerk in Registry *34Z. 7*. 8d.; Supplementary Clerk

*42J. 8*. 3d.
* Including 331. 8s. 3d. ; 211. -*. 7rf. and 41. 19*. 9d. respectively for Special Copying out of office hoars.

Extra Receipts.

Casual.

The Surplus of 1,568Z. 17s. lid. shown on the Account of the Vote "Colonial Office" for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered.

Colonial Office, \ A. H. H. Engelbach,

30 November 1906. / Accounting Officer.

I certify that this Account has been examined under my directions, and is correct.

John A. Kemjte,

Examined, Comptroller and Auditor General

C. H. Archibald.

Class II.—continued.

Vote 6.

Surplus.

COLONIAL OFFICE.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.
1. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown hy the Account, l,540i. 15s. -d.

£. s. d.
Grant - - 53,920 - -

Expenditure 52,379 5

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Grant in Aid. account.

Emigrants' Information Office.Grant-in-aid.

2. The Account of the Grant in Aid, us audited in my Department, is appended. Including the balance of 723£. 14s. 6d. brought forward, the Account shows a total ^^- receipt of 2,2311. 9s. Id. and a total expenditure of 1.705/. 3s. Id The balance carried forward is 526£. 6s. -d.

Sale of 3. A sum of 1441. 10s. 3<Z. received during the year 1905-6 in respect of the sale of

Handbooks. Handbooks, which are sold at a loss, has been paid over to the credit of the Stationery Office Vote, where provision is made for the cost of their production.

Supply of 4. In addition to the amount of the Grant in Aid, stamps to the value of 230£. were

Stamps. issued to the Emigrants' Information Office. The charges for these stamps, which are

obtained through the Colonial Office from the Postmaster-General at 75 per cent of their

face value, are included in Sub-Head B., Incidental Expenses of the Colonial Office Vote.

Continuance 5. The question raised by the Public Accounts Committee in paragraph 4 of the 2nd of Grant. Report 1906 as to the necessity for the continuance of the Grant in Aid has been referred by the Treasury for the observations of Lord Elgin.

John A. Kempe, Comptroller and Auditor General.

Annual Account for the year 1905-1906 in respect of Parliamentary Grant in Aid of the

Emigrants' Information Office.

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Class II.—continued.

Vote 7.

PRIVY COUNCIL OFFICE.

ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to pay the Salaries and Expenses of the Department of His Majesty's Most Honourable Pkivy Council in the Year ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.

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Explanation of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

A —The variation between expenditure and grant is accounted for by savings on the amount provided for a Junior Clerk, and to the expenditure in respect of Shorthand Writing, Copying and Office Keeper's Expenses having been less than estimated for. Against the gross decrease have to be placed the Salary of the Lord President (revived in Lord Crewe's favour, see Treasury 1291/06), and an increase of Salary to his Private Secretary (Treasury 286/06): in addition, provision had to be made for an increase of Salary to a Second Division Clerk, and for the Salary of an additional Assistant Clerk (Abstractor Class) (Treasury, 14243/05).

B.—The difference is due to savings on the amounts taken for Special Trains and Office Keeper's Expenses.

D.—For an explanation of the amount of Office Fees received in excess of the Estimate for 1905-6 I desire to refer to my Memorandum of 1900. At the time when the estimate was made the number of Records received showed a considerable decline as compared with the previous year.

E. S. Hope,

Registrar.

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Class II.—continued.

Vote 7.—Privy Council Officecontinued.

The Surplus of 1.303Z. Is. §d., shown on the Account of the Vote "Privy Council Office," for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered.

Privy Council Office, \ J. H. Harrison,

31 October 1906. / Accounting Officer.

I certify that this Account has been examined under my directions, and is correct.
Examined, John A. Kempt,

W. M. Martin. Comptroller and Auditor General.

VOTE 7.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.

Surplus. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 793J. 14a. 9d.

£. a. d. Grant (Gross) 11,172 -

Expenditure (Gross) 10,792 5 9

Surplus - £. 379 14 3

Add,—

Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of
the Estimate 414-6

Total Amount to be Surrendered £. 793 14 9

John A. Kemjw,

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