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Class II —continual.

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BOARD OF TRADE.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.

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

D., F., S., V., and Y.

Sub-Head 0. 2. A charge of 4.240/.. 6s. 8d. is included under Sub- Head C., Special Services, for Port of costs incurred in connection with the Port of London Bill during 1903-4 and 1904-5. London Bill. ^ clause in this Bill had provided that all expenses in connection therewith should be repaid to the Board of Trade by the Port of London Commission, but as the Bill failed to become law, it became necessary to make provision for the expenditure in the Estimates for 1905-6.

North Sea 3. Further sums amounting to 1831. Us. 4td. have been charged to Sub-Heads H Fishing Fleet and I. for expenses in connection with the inquiry held by the Board of Trade, bringing Incident. the total up to 3 16U iQ8 ld

North Sea 4- ^ut of tne sum °f 65.000Z. received from the Russian Government in satisfaction Award Fund, of all claims for compensation, the total amount distributed up to 31st March 1906,

was 64,992£., leaving a balance of 81. standing to the credit of the account pending the

possible application of the two persons interested.

Sub-Head I ^- The Expenditure under Sub- Head I. includes a sum of 1001., paid, with Treasury

Costs in sanction, as a contribution towards costs amounting to over 200L, wnich were incurred

connection by tne Salvors iii connection with the legal proceedings arising out of the salvage of

Claime?lvage certain goods from the German barque " Optima." The necessity for this payment from

public rands, sanctioned by the Treasury as a matter of grace and favour, arose in

consequence of the acting Receiver of Wreck not having detained the salved property in

question as required by Statute, and the Salvors were obliged to take legal proceedings

to recover the charges from the underwriters.

Sub-Head T. 6. With reference to paragraph 8 of my Report upon the account for 1904-5, in Commercial which it was stated that vouchers had not been rendered to my Department in respect Missions. q£ an a(jvancft Of 40o£. in connection with a Mission to Australia and New Zealand, I

have now to state that this sum is part of an inclusive fee of 1,2501, for which sub

vouchers are not required. In addition to the above sum of 4001., an amount of 6501.

has been charged in 1905-6 under Sub-Head T., bringing the total charge up to Class II.—continued.

Vote 8.—Board Of Tradecontinued.

7. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 9,490£. Is. 9d. Surplus.

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Grant (Gross) - 249,130 -

Expenditure (Gross) 240,590 13 7

Net Surplus - - 8,539 6 5
Add

Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the Estimate 950 15 4

Total Amount to be Surrendered - - £. 9,490 1 9

Extra Receipts, payable to Exchequer.

8. In addition to the Appropriations in Aid shown on the Account, it appears from a pee Statement furnished to me by the Inland Revenue Department that 261,252i. 14s. 6d. was Stamps, received in that Department during the year in connection with this Vote, in respect of the sale of Fee Stamps for Patents for Inventions, Designs, and Trade Marks.

It also appears from the same Statement that 72,4461. 13s. lOd was received for Fee Stomps on Companies Registration in the United Kingdom. A large part of the services for which these fees are collected is performed by the Board of Trade.

John A. Kempe,
Comptroller and Auditor General.

Class II.—continued.

Vote 9.
MERCANTILE MARINE SERVICES.

ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to pay the Salaries and Expenses of certain Services transferred from the Mercantile Marine Fund (61 and 62 Viet. c. 44, ss. 1 and 4) and other Services connected with the Mercantile Marine in the Year ended 31 March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.

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Class II.—continued.

Vote 9.—Mercantile Marine Servicescontinued.

Explanation of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

A.—Saving due to deaths anil retirements.
B.—Over-estimated.

C.—Provision was made for extensive repairs to one of the launches, which it was found possible to postpone.

D.—Over-estimated.

E.—There were more investigations than expected.

F.—Slight variation.

G.—Saving due to deaths and retirements.

H.—Under-estimated. The increase in fees received caused by a greater number of vessels coming up for survey alluded to under Sub-Head W. caused a corresponding increase in the expenditure under this Sub-Head.

I. --Extensive repairs to one of the launches became necessary during the year.

K. —Under-estimated.

L.— Under-estimated.

M.—The Wreck Returns were less numerous than anticipated.

N.—Over-estimated.

0.—Slight variation.

P.—The remuneration awarded and the travelling and incidental expenses were greater than expected

Q.—Slightly over-estimated.

R.—Over-estimated.

S.—Excess largely due to certain charges now falling upon the Vote which had been held in suspense pending the settlement of legal points. Claims amounting to 1,556/. 16$. 5d. have been abandoned with Treasury sanction.

T.—Over-estimated.
U.—Under-estimated.
V.—Nil.

Loss by Fraud. Sub-Head opened by Treasury authority (Letter No. 13496, 24 Sept. 1906) in consequence of defalcations by a Vice-Consul at Buenos Ayres.

W.—Appropriations in Aid :—

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The Surplus of 5,582/. 7s. 9d. shown on the Account of the Vote "Mercantile Marine Sen-ices," for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered.

Board of Trade. \ T. W. P. Blcmefield,

30 November 1906.J Accounting Officer.

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

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