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Revenue Departments, And Post Office Packet And Telegraph Services.

Vote 5.—Post Office Telegraphscontinued.

SUMMARY.

SubHead.

Service.

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1,064,400 -

675,352 -

500,300 -

55,150 -

58,000 -

2,700 -

22,000 -

2,457,700 -

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Net Surplus of Gross Estimate over Expenditure.

£.64,356 11 2|

Surplus of Appropriations in Aid Realised.

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Total Surplus to be Surrendered. £. 75,821 12 8£

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The Surplus of 94,408?. -s. 8d., shown in the Account of Vote V., "Post Office Telegraphs," or the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered.

/.. Maclean,

Principal Book-keeper.

General Post Office, \ 30 November 1906.J

Charles A. King,

Comptroller and Accountant General,
Accounting Officer.

I certify that this Account has been examined by officers under my directions, in accordance with the 29th Section of the Act 29 and 30 Vic., c. 39, including a test audit as directed by Treasury Minute of 27th March 1899, and that, subject to the observations in the annexed Keport, the Account is correct.

John A. Kempe,

Revenue Departments, And Post Office Packet And Telegraph Services.

Vote 5.
POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL

1. Expenditure in excess of the Estimate has taken place under the following Excess. Sub-Heads, viz.:—

A. 3, 5, 9, 11.—Maintenance of the Postal Telegraph System.

B. 3.—Telegraph Works.

C. 3, 5.—Central Telegraph Office, London.

D. 2.—London Telephone Service.

E.—Railway Companies and others for transaction of Public Telegraph business.

G.—Purchase, &c., of Telegraph Engineering Stores.

H.—Share of Expenses common to the Postal and Telegraph Services, transferred from the Post Office Estimate III. (Sub-Head L.).

2. The Savings under Sub-heads A. 1, C. 1, and D. 1. would have been greater but Transfer of for the decision, in the circumstances described in my Report upon the Post Office Vote, Salaries that Head Quarter Salaries should be paid on the last day of the period to which the J^S??6*111" payments relate. In accordance with this ruling a total sum of 4,280?. 13s. lc?., year 1905-fi. apportioned between the three Sub-Heads mentioned, has been transferred from the

Post Office Telegraphs Vote for the year 1906-7 to that for the year now under consideration.

3. With reference to paragraph 2 of my Report of last year, I have to remark that Loss on the Stock Balancing Statement furnished to my Department for the year 1905-6 shows Rate Book a loss on Rate Book prices of 24,679?. The result of this is that the various works, Prices. Telegraph and Telephone, have been undercharged at the expense of Sub-head G., Purchase, &c., of Telegraph Engineering Stores, and the Telephone Suspense Head respectively; the variation represents about T65 per cent, on the total value of the

stores handled.

4. In addition to the sum of 74,520?. l.s. 5%d. realised as Appropriations in Aid of the Extra Vote, a sum of 4?. 8s. Id., representing the final balance of the Telegraph Irregularities Receipts. Fine Fund, has been paid direct into the Exchequer.

5. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 75,821?. 12s. 8id Surplus.

£. 8. d. Grant (Gross) - 4,835,602 -

Expenditure (Grow) 4,771,245 8 9£

Net Surplus - - - £. 64,356 J1 2J

Add,—
Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the Estimate 11,465 1 5J

Total Amount to be Surrendered - - - £. 75,821 12 8i

Post Office Telegraphs (telephonic System).

6. Appended to this Report is an Account of the Receipts and Payments by the Post- Telephone master-General in connection with the development of the Telephonic System, under the Capital provisions of the Telegraph (Money) Acts, 1892 to 1904. Account.

This is the 14th Account of Expenditure under the above Acts, which authorised the issue, out of the Consolidated Fund, of sums amounting to 7,300,000?. for this service.

Issues were made from the Consolidated Fund in 1905-6 to the amount of 750,000?., raising the total issues to 5,750,000?., and leaving an unissued balance of 1,550,000?.

Net expenditure was incurred in 1905-6 to the amount of 762,033?. 15s. 4£c?., making, with that previously recorded, a total of 5,756,819?. 14s. 8|c?., the excess of 6,819?. 14s. 8^d. being temporarily met out of Advances from Postal Revenue.

Of the total sum of 7,300,000?. authorised by the Acts above specified, there remained, ou the 31st March 1906, a balance of 1,543,180?. 5s. 3£d available for further expenditure.

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The Surplus of 94.408Z. -«• 8</., shown in the Account of Vote V., "Post Office Telegraphs," ur the year ended 31st March 1905, haa been surrendered.

L. Maclean,

Principal Book-keeper.

General Post Office, \ 30 November 1906. /

Charles A. King,

Comptroller and Accountant General,
Accounting Officer.

I certify that this Account has been examined by officers under my directions, in accordance with the 29th Section of the Act 29 and 30 Vic., c. 39, including a test audit as directed by Treasury Minute of 27th March 1899, and that, subject to the observations in the annexed Iveport, the Account is correct.

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Revenue Departments, And Post Office Packet And Telegraph Services.

Vote 5.
POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS.

REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL

1. Expenditure in excess of the Estimate has taken place under the' following Excess. Sub-Heads, viz.: —

A. 3, 5, 9, 11. — Maintenance of the Postal Telegraph System.

B. 3.— Telegraph Works.

C. 3, 5. — Central Telegraph Office, London.

D. 2. — London Telephone Service.

E. — Railway Companies and others for transaction of Public Telegraph business.

G. — Purchase, &c., of Telegraph Engineering Stores.

H. — Share of Expenses common to the Postal and Telegraph Services, transferred from the Post Office Estimate III. (Sub-Head L.).

2. The Savings under Sub-heads A. 1, C. 1, and D. 1. would have been greater but Transfer of for the decision, in the circumstances described in my Report upon the Post Office Vote, Salaries that Head Quarter Salaries should be paid on the last day of the period to which the i<v« j^,1" payments relate. In accordance with this ruling a total sum of 4,280?. 13s. Id., yearl905-£3. apportioned between the three Sub-Heads mentioned, has been transferred from the

Post Office Telegraphs Vote for the year 1906-7 to that for the year now under consideration.

3. With reference to paragraph 2 of my Report of last year, I have to remark that Loss on the Stock Balancing Statement furnished to my Department for the year 1905-6 shows Rate Book a loss on Rate Book prices of 24,679?. The result of this is that the various works, Prices. Telegraph and Telec"

Purchase, &c., of Tel

respectively; the variation represents about T65 per

stores handled.

4. In addition to the sum of 74,520?. Is. 5fd realised as Appropriations in Aid of the Extra Vote, a sum of 4,1. 8s. Id., representing the final balance of the Telegraph Irregularities Receipts. Fine Fund, has been paid direct into the Exchequer.

5. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 75,821?. 12*. 8$d. Surplus.

£. a. d. Grant (ffro««) ........ 4,835,602 -

Expenditure (Grow) ..... 4,771,245 8 9|

Net Surplus - - - £. 64,356 Jl 2f

Add
Appropriations in Aid realised in excess of the Estimate 1 1,465 1 5 J

Total Amount to be Surrendered - - - £. 75,821 12 8£

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Post Office Telegraphs (telephonic System).

6. Appended to this Report is an Account of the Receipts and Payments by the Post- Telephone master-General in connection with the development of the Telephonic System, under the Capital provisions of the Telegraph (Money) Acts, 1892 to 1904. Account.

This is the 14th Account of Expenditure under the above Acts, which authorised the issue, out of the Consolidated Fund, of sums amounting to 7,300,000?. for this service.

Issues were made from the Consolidated Fund in 1905-6 to the amount of 750,000?., raising the total issues to 5,750,000?., and leaving an unissued balance of 1,550,000?.

Net expenditure was incurred in 1905-6 to the amount of 762,033?. 15s. 4£c?., making, with that previously recorded, a total of 5,756,819?. 14s. 8Je?., the excess of 6,819?. 14s. 8£c?. being temporarily met out of Advances from Postal Revenue.

Of the total sum or 7,300,000?. authorised by the Acts above specified, there remained, ou the 31st March 1906, a balance of 1,543,180?. 5s. 3£rf. available for further expenditure.

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