HC Deb 24 May 1922 vol 154 cc1185-6

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the salaries of officials in British East Africa have been reduced; if so, upon what basis; and whether a similar reduction will take place in those of British East African dependencies?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Edward Wood)

No reduction has been made in the substantive salaries of Government officials in the British East African Dependencies. A reduction has, however, for reasons of financial stringency, been found necessary in the special temporary local allowance which has been granted since the 1st of April, 1920, to European officials in Kenya, Uganda and the Tanganyika territory. This allowance, at the rate of 50 per cent. of sterling salary, was granted for two years in the first instance to compensate officials for the fact that, owing to currency changes, their sterling salaries were to be converted locally at 10 florins instead of 15 rupees to the pound. The allowance has now been reduced to 25 per cent of sterling salary. The other East African Dependencies, whose currency is different, and where no local allowance is paid, are not affected by the decision.