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Vote 3. POST OFFICE. Revenue Departments, And Post Office Packet And Telegraph Services.

Vote 3.
POST OFFICE.

ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to defray the Salaries and Government Annuities and Insurances, and the Collection of the Post Office Revenue, in the Year Revenue Departments, And Post Office Packet And Telegraph Services.

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Vote 3.

POST OFFICE.

Expenses of the Post Office Services, the Expenses of Post Office Savings Banks and 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.

1. A close estimate. There would have been a small saving but for the decision that salaries

for March, 1906, paid on Saturday, the 31st March, were proper to the account for 1905-6. See Treasury Letter of 7th November, 1906, No. 18454.

2. ditto. ditto. ditto.

3. The saving is due to changes on the Establishment. The amount would have been larger

but for the decision to which reference is made under Sub-Head A. 1.

4. See explanation under Sub-Head A. 1. 5.

6.

7. Stocks were kept low in order to minimise cost of removal of Postal Stores from Mount

Pleasant to Studd Street, Islington; and further there was a small over-estimate.

8. The cost of electric light and gas fittings, provided for under Sub-Head A. 10, was, by

arrangement with the Comptroller and Auditor General, charged to this Sub-Head. There is a corresponding saving under A. 10.

9. The consumption of water was less than was anticipated.

10. The cost of electric light and gas fittings was borne by Sub-Head A. 8 (see explanation under

that Sub-Head); and a sum provided for purchasing plant in connection with the new Power Station at Blackfriars was not used.

11. A fluctuating item.

12.

13.

14. (1) All the cycles estimated for were not required, and a saving was effected in maintenance.

(2) Stocks were kept low in order to minimise cost of removal. (3) Amount provided for examination and adjustment of scales at Provincial Offices was not required, the scheme not having come into operation.

15. Cannot be accurately estimated.

16. A fluctuating item. The loss to the Public is reduced by £36 15s. &d. on account of salaries,

wages, etc., which were due to certain officers since dismissed, not having been paid.

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Revenue Departments, And Post Office Packet And Telegraph Services.

Vote 3.—Post Officecontinued.

Explanation of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

1. See explanation under Sub-Head A. 1.

2. Insufficient allowance was made for increase.

3. An over-estimate.

I. A close estimate. The causes of variation are (a) The provision made in the Estimate for the general revision of scales of pay in the Provinces was not quite sufficient; (I) Owing to a change of practice made at the request of the Comptroller and Auditor General certain payments made towards the close of the Financial Year, butnoc brought to account until the following year, were charged back to the Vote for 1905-6.

3. An under-estimate, explainable as shown under Sub-Head, C. 1.

4. Due to the extension of the system of providing for season duty, leave substitutes, etc., by

the employment of assistants.

5. The cost of electric light and gas fittings provided for under Sub-Head C. 7 of this Vote,

was, by arrangement with the Comptroller and Auditor-General, charged to this SubHead. There is a corresponding saving under C. 7.

6. See explanation (6) under Sub-Head C. 1.

7. The cost of electric light and gas fittings was borne by Sub-Head C. 5. (See explanation

under that Sub-Head.)

8. Cannot be accurately estimated.

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