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LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD.
ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to pay the Salaries and Expenses of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD, in the Year ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.
CLASS II. continued.
VOTE 16.-LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD-continued.
EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.
A.-Surplus, 2,6291. 9s. 8d., caused chiefly by resignation of Inspectors and an Assistant Inspector, and by retirements and changes in the Office Staff.
B.-Surplus, 4911. 4s. 6d. anticipated.
C.-Surplus, 4641. 9s. 6d.
The amount paid during the year for Law Charges was much smaller than was
Due partly to changes in the Staff of Inspectors and Assistant Inspectors and partly to the fact that the expenditure can only be approximately estimated.
D.-Surplus, 961. 5s. 1d. Some of the items of expenditure under this Sub-Head were smaller than in previous years.
E.-Surplus, 1s. 6d. Casual variation.
Due to vacancies and changes ir the Audit Staff.
F.-Surplus, 81. 14s. 9d.
G.—Surplus, 960l. 7s. 2d.
The extent of the travelling and incidental expenses in connection with the Audits varies in different years and the Estimates under these SubHeads are necessarily approximate only.
N.-Surplus, 440l. 6s. 3d. The extent to which journeys by these Inspectors are required varies in different years, and cannot be accurately estimated.
P. Surplus, 4371. 12s. 10d.
Q.-Surplus, 1,8741. 16s. 1d.)
The expenditure under these Sub-Heads depends to a large extent upon the degree to which Smallpox is prevalent during the year, and owing to the comparative freedom from the disease it was not necessary to spend the whole of the sum provided for contingencies.
R.—Surplus, 7717. 12s. 7d. Due partly to the Assistant Inspector not having been appointed and partly to an arrangement under which one of the Medical Inspectors acted as Inspector of Foods, with extra remuneration, an additional Medical Inspector being temporarily appointed.
S.-Surplus, 4811. 18s. 10d. The Inspector being mainly engaged upon preliminary work and the Assistant Inspector not having been appointed, only a small amount of travelling took place in the year.
T.-Surplus, 2001. -s. -d. The work performed by the Inspector did not necessitate any expenditure under this Sub-Head.
U.—Surplus, 5l. 5s. -d. Casual variation.
V. Surplus, 751. 7s. 7d. The Expenditure under this Sub-Head cannot be closely estimated as the amount of travelling required varies in different years.
W. Surplus, 347. 68. 6d. The quantity of apparatus and chemicals required in the year was less than was estimated.
X.-(Appropriations in Aid)—Surplus, 5647. 19s. 11d. A larger proportion of the costs of Inquiries was received during the year than was anticipated.
VOTE 16.-LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD-continued.
EXTRA REMUNERATION.-The Inspector of Audits received 1081. 48. d. through the Scotch Education Department, as an Auditor under The Educational Endowments (Scotland) Act, 1882. The Parliamentary Agent and Legal Assistant received fees amounting to 671. 48. -d. in connection with the conduct through Parliament of Provisional Orders made by the Local Government Board, Ireland. The Inspector of Local Loans and Local Acts received 300l. for acting as Secretary to the Royal Commission on Sewage Disposal, and for Clerical assistance rendered to him, a Second Division Clerk received 621. 2s. -d. The Assistant Director of the National Vaccine Establishment received 150l. for assisting in the vaccination of calves. An Assistant General Inspector received 971. 16s. 6d. for acting as Secretary to the Royal Commission on the Poor Laws. A Principal Clerk received 2001. for work performed for the Committee appointed in connection with a proposed Redistribution of Seats at Parliamentary Elections, and a First Class Clerk received 100l. for acting as Secretary to that Committee. A Second Class Clerk received 2501. for acting as Secretary to the Committee on Vagrancy, and for Clerical assistance rendered to him a Second Division Clerk received 931. 5s. -d. Six Auditors for County Audit Districts received 521. 10s. -d. each for additional work in consequence of the passing of the Education Act, 1902. A Second Division Clerk received for overtime 321. 3s. 6d., and for work done for the Committee as to proposed Redistribution of Seats at Parliamentary Elections 17. 18. d. Thirteen other Second Division Clerks received payments for overtime amounting respectively to 327. 178. 9d., 34l. 18. 9d., 28l. 10s. 9d., 28l. 11s. 6d., 44l. 11s. d., 43l. 1s. −d., 31. 14s. 6d., 30l. 6s. -d., 431. 10s. -d., 40l. 16s. 9d., 29l. 11s. 9d., 33l. -s. d., and 32l. 16s. 3d.
Payments in excess of 251. were made to two Assistant Clerks for overtime. The amounts were 351. 9s. 4d. and 331. 19s. d. respectively.
A temporary Man Copyist received a Bonus of 321. 5s. -d.
RECEIPTS FROM STAMPS UNDER THE DISTRICT AUDITORS ACT, 1879, THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTS, 1888 and 1894, and other Acts,-2,1717. 15s. d. less than estimated. Mainly owing to the fact that a certain number of audits undertaken during the year were not fully completed within the period under review, and the stamp duty was therefore not received in the financial year.
RECEIPTS FROM STAMPS UNDER THE ALKALI, &c., WORKS REGULATION ACTS, 1881 and 1892.-2271. more than estimated. Chiefly due to a larger number of works being registered than was anticipated.
The Surplus of 9,6617. 10s. 11d., shewn on the Account of the Vote "Local Government Board," for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered.
Local Government Board, Whitehall, S. W.,)
27 November 1906.
H. C. Monro, Accounting Officer.
I certify that this Account has been examined under my directions, and is correct.
John A. Kempe,
Comptroller and Auditor General.