§ 38. Dr. Santo Jeger
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the figures for 1159 the increases in the cost of living and wages in the various West Indian Colonies.
|Colony||Cost of living indices|
|December 1944||December 1945||March 1946||June 1946||September 1946||December 1946|
|Note Figures in brackets apply to nearest month for which information is available e.g. (170) for Jamaica in September, 1946, is actually the figure for August. 1946 Where there are blanks in the table the relevant figures are not available|
§ Temporary additions to wages to meet increased cost-of-living have been made and some details are given in my reply to another question by my hon. Friend on today's paper. Some employers, either by agreement with trade unions or by managerial decision, have introduced bonuses on a sliding scale related to the official cost-of-living index; others have granted temporary bonuses which are adjusted periodically on an ad hoc basis.
§ Mr. J. Langford-Holt
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the cost-of-living index is worked out on the same archaic system as we have in this country. or on a more realistic basis?
The experience of this country is not being ignored, but, in many of the Colonies, they have built up their own cost-of-living index.