THE statesman's YEAR-BOOK, 1899
BELGIUM. The following table gives the details of the proposed budget for the year 1899 : —
Ordinary Revenue Francs Ordinary Expenditure Francs Taxes, direct : — Property taxes 25,615,000 Interest on public Personal taxes 20,708,000 debt and sinking Trade licences 7,800,000 fund 126,667,356 Mines . 600,000 Civil list and dota- : Taxes, indirect : — tions 4,953,900 Customs 38,746,429 Ministry of Justice . � 22,305,810 Excise , 58,708,000 ! Foreign Succession duties . 19,360,000 Affairs . 2,823,228 Registration duties 20,000,000 Ministry of Interior Stamps 6,800,000 and Public Instruc- Various 5,866,000 , tion 27,150,186 Tolls :— 1 Ministry of Agricul- Rivers, Canals, &c. 1,595,000 ' ture & Public Works 23,990,269 Railways 129,500,000 ; Ministry of Railways, Telegraphs . 7,000,000 ' Posts, Telegraphs, Post Office . 13,361,300 1 and Telephones . 132,367,015 Pilotage dues, &c. 1,230,000 Ministry of War 51,780,100 Capitals & revenues: — ,, Finance . 19,900,365 Domains, forests, &c. 1 3,240,500 Gendarmerie 5,075,300 Unused amortisation ' Repayments, &c. 1,876,000 fund, securities. Ministry of Industry national bank, &c. 9,889,400 and Labour 3,169,960 Repayments ' 4,207,149 Total ordinary Total ordinary ex- 1 revenue . i 424,428,778 penditure [422,059,739
The imports for 1898 amounted to 1,927,592,000 francs, and the exports to 1,652,611,000 francs. GERMANY. Naval Administration. — By an Imperial order published March 14, 1S99, the office of Commander-in-Chief lapses, and the Emperor holds the supreme command of the navy as he does of the army. JAPAN. In the Japanese budget prepared for 1809 the revenue was estimated at 230,019,893 yen, incUidiiig 117,584,473 yen under the head of temporary revenue; and the expenditure was put at 234,506,984 yen, including 110,828,104 you for temporary expenditure. The Japanese public ilebt is stated as follows : — Home debt at 5 per cent., 303,970,020 yen ; without interest, 27,264,908 yen— total, 421,245,928 yen ; paper currency, 6,905,374 yen. OMAN. Official statements made in the House of Commons, March 7 and 9, 1890, shew that while the yultan of Oman, by treaty of 1862 and by engagements with the British Govern- ment, is precluded from granting to France any concession or lease of any portion of his territory, he may allow to the French Government the use of a shed for the storage of coal at or near Muscat, and it is understood that France will accept this modified concession.