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CLASS III continued.

VOTE 7.

PRISONS, ENGLAND AND THE COLONIES.

ACCOUNT of the Sum Expended, compared with the Sum Granted, to defray the Expenses of the PRISONS in ENGLAND, WALES, and the COLONIES, in the Year ended 31st March 1906, showing the Surplus or Deficit upon each Sub-Head of the Vote.

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CLASS III.-continued.

VOTE 7.-PRISONS, ENGLAND AND THE COLONIES-continued.

EXPLANATION of the Causes of the Variation between Expenditure and Grant.

A.-Salaries.-Due to unexpected changes in the Head Office Staff.

B.-Travelling Expenses.-Less travelling than anticipated.

C.-Incidental Expenses.-Some advertising of contracts, which occurred near the end of the year, and which was provided for in the Estimate, was not paid for until the commencement-of the current year The remaining saving was incidental to Estimate.

D.--Pay and Allowances, &c.-It was not necessary to appoint all the officers taken for, the daily average population being 1,386 less than estimated. Certain additional cell accommodation, for which staff was provided, did not become available during the year. Marriage Gratuities were paid as shown in annexed list. E.-Victualling. The daily average population being less than provided for accounts for the greater portion of this saving. The cost for food, &c., also worked out at rather less per head than anticipated.

F.-Clothing, &c.-The saving was due to the smaller number of prisoners to be provided for. A larger saving would have been effected, but the actual average cost per head was slightly higher than the Estimate. G.-Medicines, &c. The diminution in the number of prisoners as compared with Estimate, and a slight reduction in the actual cost per head, account for this saving.

H.--Gratuities, &c.--Due to increased grants to Discharged Prisoners' Aid Societies, and also to the larger gratuities which were earned by convicts in long sentence division.

I.-Lighting, &c.-Saving due to smaller numbers, modified by the actual cost per head being rather higher than was estimated.

K.-Rent, &c.—A house for which rent had been provided in the Estimate was purchased, and so rent was saved. Another house, for the rent of which provision was made, was not taken.

L.-Escort, &c.-Due partly to smaller numbers than estimated for, and partly to the increased accommodation, rendering fewer transfers of prisoners necessary.

M.-New Buildings, &c.-Explanation attached.

N.-Ordinary Repairs, &c.-Incidental to Estimate.

O.-Fine Fund.-This is regulated by the amount of fines levied upon the officers.

P.-Travelling, &c.-Fewer transfers of officers than anticipated.

Q.-Incidental Expenses.-Incidental to Estimate. The actual cost per head was slightly higher than estimated. A payment of 201. was made under this Sub-Head to A. G. Cattrell, an ex-prisoner, as compensation for illegal treatment in Lewes Prison, and 50l. to his solicitors for costs, under Treasury Authority of 28/6/05 (No. 113.)

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R.--Maintenance of Criminal Lunatics.-The number of criminal lunatics has increased more rapidly than anticipated.

S.-Maintenance of Invalids, &c.-A steadily diminishing charge.

T.-Loss by Fraud.-The Governor of St. Albans Prison embezzled public money in his charge to the extent of 2851. 5s. 43d., for which he has been tried and sentenced to three years penal servitude. The Treasury, by their letter of 18th May, 1906 (No. 4), authorised the raising of this Sub-Head. A saving under Sub-Head D, Pay, &c., has occurred by the non-issue to the Governor of salary amounting to 87. 78. 3d., due to him at the time of his absconding.

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U.-Appropriations in Aid.-The receipts were larger than anticipated owing to the number of prisoners employed on work for the Manufacturing Department being higher than ever before; but, owing to the dearth of orders from Government Departments, many were employed on work which did not necessitate the purchase of raw material, consequently the Expenditure was less than was estimated.

EXTRA REMUNERATION.

Fees paid by Coroners to certain Medical Officers, whose salaries are charged under D., are included in Q. A Second Class Clerk has received a gratuity of 60l. in connection with Registration work.

The total amount of fines abated from Officers' pay was 741. 10s. 6d.

The cost of the maintenance of convicts employed on the Admiralty Works was 8,4491. 2s. 11d., and on War Office Works was 4,7281. Os. 8d.

The Surplus of 15,8281. 11s. 6d., shown on the Account of the Vote "Prisons, England and the Colonies" for the year ended 31st March 1905, has been surrendered.

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I certify that this Account has been examined under my directions, and is correct.

Examined,

John A. Kempe, Comptroller and Auditor General.

H. J. Bidwell.

CLASS III. continued.

VOTE 7.-PRISONS, ENGLAND AND THE COLONIES-continued.

M.-NEW BUILDINGS AND ALTERATIONS.-Expenditure, 1905-1906.

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REMARKS.

75 Incidental to Estimate.
Casual variation in connection with
the employment of prison labour.
In this case, work did not progress
as fast as was expected.
The Expenditure in 1904-05 was
9,6077., leaving a balance of 6,8931.
of the original Estimate 16,500l., of
which only 5,938/. was expended
during 1905-06. The balance of
9551. is due to the lowness of Con-
tractor's Tender.

Saving due to the fact that prison
labour was not available as soon as,
nor to the extent, anticipated.

364 The amount expended in 1904-05 (5,9367.) added to the current year's Expenditure, produces 13,500l.,

which is only 300l. in excess of the Estimate (13,2007.)

255 Casual variation in connection with the employment of prison labour. In this case more work was done than was expected.

Saving due to bad weather bindering progress.

Saving due to postponement of work, owing to the necessity for non-interference with the Heating Apparatus during the Autumn, which would have been involved if the work had proceeded.

770 756/. for replacing dangerous windows at Stafford was approved by Treas ury Letter 2900,06, dated 19/2/06. Excess incidental to Estimate.

1,450 1,4927. for providing accommodation for Juvenile Adults was approved by Treasury Letter 22867/05, dated 15/12/05. Excess incidental to Estimate.

955 9501. for providing accommodation for Juvenile Adults was approved by Treasury Letter 22867/05, dated 15/12/05. Excess incidental to Estimate.

292 4287. for providing accommodation for Juvenile Adults was approved by Treasury Letter 22867/05, dated 15/12/05. Saving is difference between Estimate and Tender, which was low.

1,605 2,0521. for providing accommodation for Juvenile Adults was approved by Treasury Letter 22867/05, dated 15/12/05. Saving is difference between Estimate and Tender, which was low.

Due to the necessity for the execution
of unforeseen work.

3,6001. for purchase of land and erec-
tion of cottages at Maidstone, ap-
proved by Treasury Letter 21053/05,
dated 15/11/05. Saving effected
through work not being started soon
enough to complete during year.
Ca-ual variations.

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CLASS III. continued.

VOTE 7.-PRISONS, ENGLAND AND THE COLONIES-continued.

ABSTRACT STATEMENT of the MANUFACTURING ACCOUNTS of PRISONS in ENGLAND and WALES, for the Year ended 31st March 1906.

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*The connection between Net Profit (25,3507. 14s. 11.), as per Manufacturing Accounts, 1905-1906, and Net Receipts in respect of manufacturing operations (20,1667. 118. 11fd.), as per Appropriation Account, is shown as follows:

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