asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the staff employed in the office of the Prime Minister have had no increase in their salaries or wages since 1946; and how many of these have to meet the cost of their postage, secretarial assistance, living-away-from-home expenses, and all other expenses necessarily incurred whilst performing their duties on behalf of the State, from their personal salaries.
The answer to both parts of the Question is "None, Sir."
While I rather anticipated that reply, may I ask the Financial Secretary if he is aware of the fact that in the opinion of the Department of the Civil Service there are no civil servants in this position, that in the opinion of local government departments there is no one in this position, and in the opinion of private enterprise there are no workers or staff in this position? The only section of the population in this position is Members of Parliament, and will he look at this matter to see if they cannot be put on the same basis as the rest of the community.
This Question does not appear to relate to Members of Parliament.