HC Deb 30 April 1947 vol 436 c1936
31. Mr. Morley

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will take the appropriate action to see that satisfactory scales of salaries to non-Government teachers comparable to those of civil servants and Government teachers are paid in Nigeria.

Mr. Creech Jones

The salary scales of non-Government teachers in Nigeria are of course a matter primarily for settlement locally between the parties concerned. I understand that negotiations are at present proceeding in Nigeria.

Mrs. Manning

Is there any likelihood of the salaries paid to the Commission's teachers being made approximately the same as those of Government teachers?

Mr. Creech Jones

I think the magnitude of this problem must be appreciated, and that it is likely to involve the Nigerian Government in an additional expenditure of £4 million.

Mr. Morley

Is my right hon. Friend aware that non-Government parties are not represented on the committee which is considering this matter, and will he secure representation for them on this committee?

Mr. Creech Jones

There was a meeting, I think, about 10 days ago at which the representatives of all sections were present.