HC Deb 13 June 1956 vol 554 cc556-7
11. Mr. Albu

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the difference between the Foreign Service allowances of temporary and permanent members of missions abroad holding comparable senior rank.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Anthony Nutting)

None, Sir.

Mr. Albu

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the evidence which I have is very different, and that in fact there are members of missions abroad, holding comparable rank to first and second secretaries, etc., who not only have different salaries but very considerably different allowances, although their duties in regard to entertaining are identical, and in some cases they have to do a great deal more?

Mr. Nutting

If the hon. Member will forward his evidence I will examine it, but I am advised that there is no difference whatsoever in Foreign Service allowances. Perhaps the hon. Member is thinking of the language allowance, which is not included in the Foreign Service allowance and is not payable to temporary officers.