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Colonial Territories (Officers' Pay)

Volume 524: debated on Wednesday 3 March 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in which Colonial Territories different salary scales operate between staff of different races with equivalent qualifications in posts of comparable responsibility; and whether he will expedite in those Territories a single salary scale, with the expatriation allowances in suitable cases.

I have been asked to reply.In most Territories basic salaries are paid to all officers according to their duties and responsibilities. In some Territories expatriation or overseas pay is drawn in addition to basic pay by officers who do not belong to the country. In East and Central Africa, non-Europeans in senior grades of posts are at present paid three-fifths of the salary of a European. The matter raised by the hon. Member is one of the questions before the Salaries Commission which is considering a revised salary structure for the East African Services.