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Local Authorities Staffs (Salaries)

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 30 November 1950

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in view of the official announcement made on 10th August, 1950, regarding the putting into operation, gradually, of the recommendations of the Chorley Committee, how far the principles laid down in the White Paper, Command No. 7321, are now relaxed.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the remarks of my right hon. Friend on this subject in his speech on 2nd November in the debate on the Address.

Is my hon. Friend aware that the recommendation of the Association of Municipal Corporations to pay very high increases in salary to chief officers, and others, in local government, is having a very bad effect upon lower-paid workers who have been refused increases? Can he do anything to see that the local authorities are notified that increases up to £1,000 a year are very bad indeed, and will have a serious effect upon the nation generally?

I am aware of those proposals, but they are really a different subject from the Chorley Committee recommendations.

In view of the serious implications of this Question, I give notice that I shall raise the matter, as soon as possible, on the Adjournment.