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Burma (Governor's Salary, Allowances And Privileges)

Volume 441: debated on Wednesday 30 July 1947

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I beg to move:

"That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty in pursuance of the provisions of Section 157 of the Government of Burma Act, 1935, praying that the Government of Burma (Governor's Salary, Allowances and Privileges) (Amendment) Order, 1947, be made in the form of the draft laid before Parliament."
This Order is similar to the one we have just discussed, and applies to Burma. It has received the approval of the Government of Burma, and is for the same reason, namely, increases in the cost of living which have necessitated these increases of allowances for the Governor.

The same considerations apply to this Order as to the last. Although perhaps it does not matter now very much as we shall not be having these Orders after 15th August, I would draw attention to the fact that it was impossible to obtain printed copies of the Order anywhere in the House, and they were only available later in the day. In view of the complicated character of such Orders, perhaps the right hon. and learned Gentleman will see in future that they are printed earlier?

I wish to apologise to the noble Lord, and to the House for this delay. I was only made aware of it a few moments ago.

May we have some indication of what the Order does? I have not seen it.

As regards the Governor of Burma, the same considerations apply as in the case of the Provincial Governors in India in regard to increases in the cost of living. The allowances for the Governor of Burma in the principal Order of 1937 had been found to be insufficient. The matter has been considered by the Government of Burma, who have decided that there is a case for giving these increases.

Debate adjourned.—[ Mr. Snow.]

Debate to be resumed upon Friday.