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ANNUAL VOTES

HIGHER ESTIMATES

BIG REHABILITATION RISE Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. Estimates of expenditure for the current year tabled in the House of Representatives last night by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Nash, showthat permanent appropriations are estimated at £24,995,823, compared with £27,988,394 last year. Interest on public debt snows an increase of £900,000 and repayment of public debt an increase of £350,000, but this year it is proposed to charge only £412,503 to other special Acts, compared with £4,656,400 last year. The marked decrease under this heading is explained by the fact that £4 000,000 was transferred to the War Expenses Account last year, whereas no such transfer is proposed this year. The upward trend of most votes is explained in part by the fact that provision has been made for a full year's increase in salaries for the Public Service. It should also be noted that in the cases of all the separate accounts which had credits-in-aid last year these credits are this year shown as revenue receipts within the particular account. A similar procedure has also been followed with accounts outside public accounts, except for the Post and Telegraph Working Expenses Account and the Telegraph Extension Account.

Cost of Legations The vote for the External Affairs Department is £207,987, against £177,023 last year. -Items under this vote include a contribution to the League of Nations expenses, £20,638 (£13,876); Washington Legation, £42,941 (£50,430); High Commissioner's Office. London, £101.646 (£86,990); High Commissioner's Office, Canberra, £9383 (€12,201); Moscow Legation, £28,890 (£14,838). The increase is partly due to the fact that the vote is for a full year on this occasion. One interesting item is the provision of £2000 as New Zealand's contribution to the expenses of the BritishAmerican Co-operative Press Service, to which the United Kingdom, the United States. Canada and Australia also contribute. This service provides for translating and preparing digests of Russian newspapers, periodicals, books, etc. New Zealand is paying one-seventh of the total cost. Commissions Of Inquiry The Internal Affairs Department vote is £613,833 (£585,815). The items include £9000 for the expenses of commissions of inquiry, compared with £1993 last year, the increase being chiefly for the Royal Commission on Licensing. The expenses of the post-war aviation conference in Chicago are given at £5700. The Department of Labour vote is £261,781 (£239,143).

The vote to the' Valuation Department, £69,842 (£48,491). The main increase, which is recoverable as revenue, is clue to the work of the land sales committees. The Electoral Department will require £25,393 (£11,225). The increase is largely due to the provision of £10,000 for the preparation of rolls for the general election.

The Census and Statistics Department vote of £131,500 (£32,988) includes £55 000 as the estimated cost of „the census, and £25,500 for the purchase of new mechanical appliances. Salaries are estimated at £41,600 (£20.148), the increase providing for additional staff for post-census work.

The vote of £401.778 (£364,285) for the National Service Department represents credits-in-aid onlv, there being no net appropriation. The major portion of the expenditure is recoverable from the War Expenses Account for work in connection with manpower activities. Rehabilitation Expands The Rehabilitation Department requires £218,459 (£142.080), including salaries, £133,571 (£88,030). The staff has been practically doubled, due to the opening of new district offices throughout the Dominion. The vote for. the Department of Agriculture is £1,012,160 (£1,130,315), including a new item, rural field cadetships, £500. There also appears this year a credit-in-aid of £294,000 for stabilisation subsidy.

The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research requires £310,514 (£228,545), including research investigations, £191,529 (£142,224). . The mam increase in the Industries and Commerce Department vote of £953.115 (£G44,927) is the subsidy on wheat, £681.650 (£142,476), a decrease in the credit balance and the loss on the importation of flour. The Pr:ce Tribunal's expenses are estimated at £66,16S (£55,797). Health and Education The Health Department estimate of C 2.588.636 (£2,162,551) includes: Health education and publicity, £20,000 (£16.411)T grants to hospital boards to cover the capital cost of providing accommodation for tuberculosis cases, £20,000 (£10,154); supply of milk to school children, £190,000 (£172,163). The free issue of milk is now available to 235,701 children. Subsidies to hospital boards this year are estimated at £1,575,000, compared with £1,324,024 last year. The major increase in the Education Department vote of £6,280,8iW (£5 067,571) is due to the rise in teachers' salaries. Grants to university colleges are estimated at £202,695 (£110,421) including £51,800 to the New Zealand School of Agriculture, which has been taken over from the Department of Agriculture. Social Security War and other pensions are to cost £4,268,833 (£3,840.335), including pensioners from this war, £1,850.000 (£1407,460). The Social Security Department vote (contribution to the Social Security Fund) is £7,000,000 (£4,500 000). The Social Security Fund includes:— Administration expenses and emergency benefits, £807,970 (£639 612); medical hospital, etc., benefits, £5,192,000 C£ Thl 4 'vo 4 te for the State Coal Mines Account is £2,270,131 (£2,026,965). The State Forest Department needs £963,300 (£717.023). including general forestry, £515,500 (£382,706). The Working Railways Account estimate is £16,464,501 (£12,785,975). The vote for the Post Office Account, post and telegraph working experses, is £5 907 825 (£4,961,648), and telegraph extension. £425,000 (£234,248). The Export Division of the Marketing Department vote is £llo.l;>0 (EBB.WUJ and the Internal Marketing Division, £137,565 (£110.703).

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ANNUAL VOTES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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ANNUAL VOTES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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