HC Deb 28 April 1959 vol 604 cc1085-6
29. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why Africans in the Senior Executive and Accounting Division of the Nyasaland Civil Service are paid from £500 to £600 a year less than Europeans in the same grade.

The Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Julian Amery)

The higher rates payable to Europeans include an expatriate factor which is designed to attract essential and suitable staff from overseas.

Mrs. Castle

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that that is the opposite of what I was told by the Chief Secretary when I inquired into this matter in Nyasaland eighteen months ago, when it was agreed by the spokesman of the Nyasaland Government that the present situation was quite intolerable because this extra £500 is being paid to Europeans regardless of whether they come from outside the Federation or Protectorate or are within it? Therefore, it cannot be called an expatriate allowance. I was told then this matter was being examined. Can the Under-Secretary say when?

Mr. Amery

I cannot help thinking that the hon. Lady may have misunderstood what was said to her. Proposals are under consideration for a locally-based Civil Service in Nyasaland. This would provide for identical salaries and conditions of service for all locally-domiciled persons irrespective of race, but where expatriate civil servants have to be introduced it is necessary, if we are to attract them, to make this payment.