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CHARITABLE DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS OFFICE, IRELAND.
REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 417. 78. 10d.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD, IRELAND.
ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to pay the Salaries and Expenses of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD, IRELAND, in the Year ended 31st March, 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.
VOTE 36.-LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD, IRELAND-continued.
EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant. A.--Saving.-Death of Secretary and resignations of a General Inspector and a Second Division Clerk (Higher Grade) and consequent promotions and appointments at, practically, initial rates of salary; in the amounts provided for the Assistant Inspector and for copying, and also in provision for persons temporarily employed to assist in Relief of Distress operations; less by increase in staff of messengers and servants authorised by Treasury Letter of 23rd September 1905, No. 9473.
B.-Saving.-Provision was made for the travelling, etc., expenses of a General Inspector who was, however, mostly engaged in the Office as Assistant Commissioner, of a Medical Inspector who was absent to a great extent from his ordinary duties as a member of the Viceregal Commission on Poor Law Reform, &c., and of the Assistant Inspector who was only partially employed.
C.-Excess.-A Second Division Clerk with a larger salary was assigned to the duty of assisting Auditors instead of one recalled to the Office.
D.-Saving-The expenditure for this Sub-Head proved much less than anticipated.
E.-Saving. No case entailing large expenditure was brought into the Superior Courts. Moreover, costs awarded in respect of litigation were received in the year by the Local Government Board. F.-Saving. In view of an amending Act (since become law) Rural District Councils did not prepare and submit for confirmation as large improvement schemes under the Labourers Acts as expected; the proceedings of local authorities under other Acts were also of a less extensive nature than anticipated.
G.-Saving. In the amount estimated for lymph, due to the absence of small-pox.
H.-Excess.-In Office travelling principally. The President and Vice-President found it necessary to make several visits to the West and other portions of Ireland in connection with Relief of Distress operations, etc. There was also an increase in travelling by members of the Office staff.
Castlelake Workhouse (Cashel Union).-Excess.-No provision is made in the annual Estimate for this Sub-Head. It was first opened in 1887-8.
Note.-The Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury sanctioned (Treasury Letter No. 5637, 1906) the excesses, Sub-Heads C., H., and Castlelake Workhouse, being met out of savings on the Vote. I.-Appropriations in Aid.-Deficit.-The sums received in respect of Auditors' salaries exceeded the estimate; on the other hand there was a decrease in the receipts for Provisional Orders, etc., owing to the large amounts paid by local authorities in the previous year.
Return of Officers of the Local Government Board, Ireland, who received Sums in the aggregate in excess of 251. during the year 1905-06.
VOTE 36.-LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD, IRELAND-continued.
The Surplus of 9,744l. 6s. 1d. shown on the Account of the Vote "Local Government Board Ireland," for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered.
Clerk in Charge of Accounts.
Local Government Board, Dublin,
28 November 1906.
H. A. Robinson,
Vice-President and Accounting Officer.
I certify that this Account has been examined under my directions, and is correct.
John A. Kempe,
W. M. Martin.
Comptroller and Auditor General.
REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.
1. EXPENDITURE in excess of the Estimate has taken place under Sub-Heads C. and H.
2. Sub-Heads E. and F.-These Sub-Heads include Expenditure to the amount of 4,217. 138. 1d. in connection with the Grant of Provisional Orders, &c., the cost of which is recoverable from Local Authorities. The balance outstanding on the 31st March 1905, was 4,7917. 148. 10d. The repayments received in the year amounted to 3,891l. 18s. 7d., and on the 31st March 1906, there was a balance of 5,117l. 98. 4d. to be recovered.
Castlelake 3. Castlelake (Cashel Union) Workhouse, Rent.-In view of the recommendation Workhouse. contained in the Second Report of the Committee of Public Accounts, 1906 [Qns. 4099-4103] the Treasury in their Minute of 21st December, 1906, have enquired whether the Lord-Lieutenant can suggest any means of terminating the charge included under this special Sub-Head, the origin of which is fully explained in the correspondence appended to the Report for the year 1887-8. The total charge of 150l. in the present Account is reduced to 105l. by a receipt from the Guardians of 45l., which has been credited to Appropriations in Aid.
4. The Net Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 8,241l. 38. 10.
PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE, IRELAND.
ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to pay the Salaries and Expenses of the PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE, IRELAND, and of the KEEPER OF STATE PAPERS, DUBLIN, in the Year 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.
(i.) Clerks-Fractional excess of Grant
(ii.) Clerk-State Paper Office :
A vacancy existed from the beginning of the financial year, which was
(iii.) Copying-Casual excess of Grant
Bonus paid to Copyist. Transferred to the Vote for this Department
(iv.) Messenger-Fractional excess of Grant
(v.) Workmen-Fractional Excess of Grant
(vi.) Temporary Servants-Casual excess of Grant