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Government Salaries

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he 's aware that the post of clerical assistant in the Commissioner's office, Limassol, was recently advertised at a salary of £60, rising to £96 per annum plus war bonus; and whether, in view of the high cost of living in Cyprus, he will take action to see that Government salaries are improved.

Appointment to this particular post is at the discretion of the Governor, and I would not be specifically apprised of any advertisement issued in connection with it. At the rates current in March of this year, war bonus would bring the initial emoluments of the post in question to over £160 per annum. All salaries and conditions of service in Cyprus were improved in 1946 after consideration of the report of a special commissioner.

Is the Minister satisfied that he will get the kind of person he wants for this sort of job at this extremely low rate of pay?

This matter is within the competence of the Government of Cyprus, but it is a point into which will make further inquiries.

May I ask what is a clerical assistant? Is it an assistant clergyman, or half a clerk, and, in either event, are not these rates of pay absurd?

I have just said that as far as the rate of pay is concerned, it is a point which I am taking up.