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Additions and Alterations of a minor
. . £.
6,319 12 3
347 18 11
2,977 11 2
VOTE 8.-REVENUE BUILDINGS- continued.
STATEMENT OF EXPENDITURE FOR NEW WORKS.
£. S. d. 650 602 7 2
Total Estimate Part of the Expenditure was defrayed during 1904-5, the work having been put in hand towards the close of that year on
Expenditure to 31st March 1906 account of its extreme urgency.
Balance Casual variation.
The total cost
Expenditure in respect of the structural alterations involved was defrayed in the financial year 1906-7.
of the Service has amounted to 3861. 158. 11d., of which 441. 4s. 5d. falls upon Post Office Votes. The cost was somewhat over-estimated.
Complaint was made that the health of the Officers suffered owing to the inadequate heating of the Customs “boxes " in
the various docks comprised in the Port of London, and as the only means of meeting the difficulty, Electric Radiators
have been supplied, the Insurance Companies interested in the properties objecting to other modes of heating. Unforeseen Expenditure was incurred in connection with the laying of a Water Main to the Customs Burning Ground.
When the Estimates for the year were under consideration, it was
8. d. calculated that the full amount applicable to the service would Total Estimate
5,200 have become chargeable by 31st March, 1905. This expectation Expenditure to 31st March 1906 4,696 6 10 was not however realised, the present remanet charge being the result. The saving on the total estimate is due to the low
Balance £. 503 13 2 tender accepted. Increased accommodation was badly needed owing to the growth of business. Structural alterations have been made
with this view. To meet the requirements of the Liverpool Corporation, a new Main was fixed involving an excess on the Estimate.
Dredging operations carried out by the Admiralty had endangered the stability of the structure, and a retaining wall
and other works had to be executed to ensure its safety. A wooden building was also erected at the same time for
look-out purposes. The former premises were very inconveniently situated for Customs business, and strong representations were made by
the Sunderland Chamber of Commerce and Shipowners' Society on the subject. Accommodation is accordingly being provided in a building in course of erection for Mercantile Marine purposes in a central position in the town. The
expenditure this year is nearly wholly in respect of the proportion of the cost of the Site chargeable to the Custom House. The requirements of the year were in excess of anticipation.
The existing arrangements were unsatisfactory and subject of complaint : improvement was urgently called for.