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VOTE 7.-PRISONS, ENGLAND AND THE COLONIES-continued.
ABSTRACT STATEMENT of the FARM ACCOUNTS of PRISONS in ENGLAND and WALES,
for the Year ended 31st March 1906. Dr.
* The connection between Net Proft (1,9061. 158. 10d.), as per Farm Accounts, 1905-1906, and Net Receipts in respect of Farming Operations (1,3091. ?8. 3d.), as per Appropriation Account, is shown as follows :
1. EXPENDITURE in excess of the Estimate has taken place under Sub- Heads H., M., N., and R.
2. A new Sub-Head “Loss by Fraud" has been included under Treasury directions, for the purpose of recording a loss amounting to 2851. 58. 4d. due to the defalcation of the late Governor of St. Albans Prison, who has since been tried and sentenced to 3 years penal servitude. This loss, as explained on the face of the Appropriation Account, was reduced by the sum of 81. 78. 3d., being the unissued balance of Salary due to the late Governor at the time of his disappearance.
New Buildings, &c.
3. Sub-Head M. A Statement of New Buildings and Alterations is appended to the Appropriation Account. The excesses over the amounts authorised have received the sanction of the Treasury.
4. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Accoun:, 35,3121. 128. 9d.
f. Grant (Gross)
775,443 Expenditure (Gross)
746,191 5 93
Net Surplus £. 29,251 14 21
VOTE 7.-PRISONS, ENGLAND AND THE COLONIES—continued.
REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL—continued.
STORE, MANUFACTURING, AND FARM ACCOUNTS.
Local Test. 5. The Statements of the Manufacturing and Farm Accounts appended to the Appropriation Account have been examined in my Department, and a Local Test Examination of the Store and Manufacturing Accounts has been carried out by my Officers at the Prisons of Birmingham, Stafford, Manchester, Liverpool, Lincoln, Norwich, Ipswich, Chelmsford and Wormwood Scrubbs, and at the State Inebriate Reformatory at Aylesbury, with generally satisfactory results.
Reserve of In connection with this suoject, I have to state that during the progress of the Stores. examination of the Manufacturing Accounts, my attention was directed to the considerable growth in recent years of the value of the Stores in stock, which had increased from about £56,000 on 31st March 1896 to £106,000 on 31st March 1905. This increase was due to a portion of the surplus profits arising from the sale of prisonmade goods to Government Departinents and private customers being applied to the purchase of stores instead of being credited to Appropriations in Aid. I therefore caused a communication to be addressed to the Prison Commissioners enquiring whether any limit to the reserve of Stores had been laid down, and, if so, under what authority it had been fixed.
I also asked whether with a view to diminishing the profits, the Commissioners proposed, in the case of goods supplied to Public Departments, to reduce the percentage levied to cover the cost of tools, and also, whether they would be prepared to show on the face of the Abstract Statement of the Manufacturing Accounts appended to the Appropriation Account, the value of the remain under the following heads, (1) Materials, (2) Manufactured Articles, (3) Tools, Plant, &c.
The Commissioners in their reply informed me that they have recently reduced many of their prices, and that further reductions will be made as opportunity offers; and that they would willingly arrango, in future, to show the remain of Stores under the heads suggested, and in the accounts under review they have given effect to this undertaking.
As regards the reserve of Stores, the Commissioners informed me that this was limited by the necessity of realising the amount inserted in the Estimates for “ Appropriations in Aid: Proceeds of Prison Labour," and that in their opinion, any further limitation would seriously hamper them in their task of finding suitable employment for the prisoners.
It appeared to me desirable to bring to the notice of the Treasury the powers possessed by the Prison Commissioners to increase their stocks of Stores without the direct sanction of Parliament, and I suggested that the position might be regularised by a change in the form of the Prison Estimates,
The Treasury, while agreeirg with me that the Prisons Department should not be uncoutrolled in its application of manufacturing profits to the increase of its Stock in hand, were disinclined to sanction any change in the form of the Estimates. They propose however, and the Home Office agree, that the value of the Prison Stores in stock shall be brought under review by the Board of Treasury each year in connection with the Estimate for the Prisons Vote, the amount to be estimated for Appropriations in Aid being determined with reference to the state of the Store Account, and to the necessities for additions to it, or the possibilities of diminution,
This arrangement in conjunction with the valuation of the remain under the separate headings already referred to will, in my opinion, establish an adequate control.
John A. Kempe,
ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to defray the Salaries and
Expenses of the OFFICE of the INSPECTOR of REFORMATORIES, and the Expense of the MAINTENANCE of JUVENILE OFFENDERS in REFORMATORY, INDUSTRIAL, and DAY INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS and under the YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS Act, in GREAT BRITAIN, in the Year ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.
VOTE 8.-REFORMATORY AND INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS, GREAT BRITAIN-continued
EXPLANATION of the Causes of Variation between Expenditure and Grant.
A.—This surplus is mainly due to savings consequent on the death of a clerk in the Inspector's Office.
B.-Owing to the absence of one of the Assistant Inspectors on sick leave.
E.-One Reformatory was closed ; in another the certified number of inmates was reduced, and a third did not re-open as expected.
F.-Contrary to expectation there was a large decrease in numbers during the year.
L.- This is a new Sub-Head, and the Estimate was necessarily only approximate. The flow of admissions into the new school was less rapid than had been expected.
N.-Approximate Estimate only.
Notwithstanding the falling off in numbers, the efforts made by the Reformatory Department resulted in the collection of almost the same amount as in the previous year.
The Surplus of 8,8131. 7s. 1d., shown on the Account of the Vote “Reformatory and Industrial Schools, Great Britain,” for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered.
Home Office, Whitehall,
17 November, 1906.
W. P. Byrne.
I certify that this Account has been examined under my directions, and is correct.
John A. Kempe, Comptroller and Auditor General.
H. J. Bidwell.