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Diplomatic Service

Volume 938: debated on Thursday 10 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will tabulate the monthly rents being paid in 1977 for the accommodation of Diplomatic Service grades 5A, 4A and 3A, for a married officer with two children, in the following cities : Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Paris, Bonn and Rome.

Mothly ratesBrussels Luxemburg Strasbourg Paris Bonn Rome
Grade 5*
Cost-of-living allowancet†377369411411351289
Representational supplement133153176¶164136149
Entertainment allowance‡170171182¶233¶119¶97
Grade 4*
Cost-of-living allowancet†377411411366289
Representational supplement246191284¶307274¶
Entertainment allowancet‡241¶172319¶247¶248
Grade 3*
Frais-type allowancet† §1,3851,753¶1,898859
* At these levels there is no distinction between administrative and executive grades.
†In all these posts the cost of heating is paid direct from public funds.
†At Grades 5 and 4 the entertainment allowances are payable monthly in arrears against actual expenditure.
§Frais-type allowances for Grade 3 officers cover the same expenses as the separate allowances listed for Grades 4 and below.
For staff of any grade in the posts listed, fees for children at secondary boarding schools in the United Kingdom are reimbursed within monthly maxima, which are at present £138·83 for boys and £133·25 for girls.An officer in any of the grades and posts listed who had two children at boarding school in the United Kingdom would normally be entitled to a total of

The current average monthly rents for these officers, where applicable, are set out below.

PostGrade 3Grade 4Grade 5

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will tabulate the monthly cost of living and heating allowance, monthly educational allowance, annual child travel allowance, and the monthly representational allowance being paid in 1977 to diplomatic service grades 5A, 4A and 3A for a married officer, with two children of secondary school age, in the following cities: Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Paris, Bonn and Rome.

The present rates for the cost of living and representational allowances in question are as follows:five return air fares to post per annum for his children at youth rates. Based on current fares, the annual sums involved are: