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Class I.—continued.

Vote 6 —Art And Science Buildings, Great Britaincontinued.

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Class I.—continued.

Vote 6. Art And Science Buildings, Great Britaincontinued.

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His Majesty's Office of Works, &c.

Class I.—continued.

Vote 6.—Art And Science Buildings, Great Britaincontinued.

OX NEW WORKS, &c., 1905-1906—continued.

OBSERVATIONS.

Total Estimate - 29,000 - - I There was a delay in obtaining supplies of special fittings, and the

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Class I.

Vote 6.
ART AND SCIENCE BUILDINGS, GREAT BRITAIN.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.

Excess. 1. Expenditube in excess of the Estimate has taken place under Sub-Head F.

Sub-HeadA. 2. A Statement of Expenditure on "New Works, &c.," included under Sub-Head A.,

New Works, is appended to the Account. Treasury authority has been given for Expenditure in

excess of the sums provided and for works for which there was no provision in the

Estimates. The following are the items on which the largest variation between the

amount provided and the actual Expenditure has occurred :—

Savings. Estimate. Expenditure.

£ £

A. 1.—British Museum, erection of Store

at Hendon - - - 3,500 1,133

A. 7.—Royal College of Science, Fittings

and Furniture - 5,000 3,664

Excess.

A. 3.—Natural History Museum, New

Drainage Works - - 2,000 4,119

Surplus 3- The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 3.879J. 10s. 3d.

£. s. d. Grant (Gross) - - 44,095 -

Expenditure (Gross) ... - 40,228 15 6

Net Surplus - - - £. 3,866 4 6
Add,—
Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the Estimate - 13 5 9

Total Amount to be Surrendered - - - £. 3,879 10 3

John A. Kcmpe,

Class I.—continued.

Vote 7.
DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR BUILDINGS.

ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, for Expenditure in respect of Diplomatic And Consular Buildings, and for the Maintenance of certain Cemeteries Abroad, 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.—See Statement of New Works. B.—The cost of the re-decoration of the Embassy House at Berlin was greater than had been anticipated.

C.—Exceeding due to various increases in rents and taxes payable in respect of Buildings in China and Japan.

D.—The Receipts from Sales of old materials and other casual sources were in excess of anticipation, and a sum of T51. 17s. 5d. was received in respect of a refund of overcharge on account of works carried out in Persia.

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Claim Abandoned.

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In consequence of defalcations of Seraidar Isa Khan in connection with building works at Tehran, a refund of Krans 4609-05 (75/. 17*. 5d.) was ordered by the local Tribunal. This sum, has, with Treasury Authority, been accepted in full settlement of Board's claim of about 190J.

The Surplus of 7.008/. 12s. 3</., shown on the Account of the Vote " Diplomatic and Consular Buildings," for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered.

His Majesty's Office of Works, &c., 29 November 1906.

Schombery K. McDonnell,

Accounting Officer.

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

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Examined,

C. H. Afchiball.

John A. Kempe, Comptroller and Auditor General.

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