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Cyprus (Work Schemes, Wages)

Volume 409: debated on Wednesday 11 April 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the Government of Cyprus has refused to permit the municipality of Limassol to employ workers at municipal rates on work schemes started as a result of a Government grant and insists on Government rates being paid instead; and whether, in view of the fact that the municipal rates are no more than sufficient for maintenance, he will procure that the Government permits them to be paid.

The position is as stated in the first part of the Question. It would not be appropriate to pay wages for works financed by Government grants at rates in excess of those applicable to Govern- ment works, nor can the latter rates be regarded as inadequate. As my right hon. Friend explained in reply to a Question by the hon. Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Mathers) on 4th October last, the wage rates payable by Government were the subject of a special inquiry last year, as the result of which a number of improvements were effected.