§ 12. Mr. Douglas Houghton
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that claims for an increased cost of living bonus for Gibraltar locally-entered non-industrial staffs of the Colonial Government and Defence Ministries have been outstanding since 19th May, 1950, and that according to the Defence Ministries, decisions on these claims cannot be reached until a report is received from the Colonial Secretariat; and whether he will take action to secure an early report from the authorities in Gibraltar in order to bring the long delay to an end.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
I am aware that last April the Gibraltar Civil Service Association claimed an increase in the local cost-of-living bonus. Shortly afterwards it was announced that the existing bonus was to be consolidated into pensionable salaries with effect from 1st January, 1950. Examination of the claim here was complicated by this consolidation and necessarily took time. I have been in consultation with the Governor and I know that he is anxious to reach a decision as soon as possible.
§ Commander Noble
Could the right hon. Gentleman say when a decision will be reached on this matter?