HC Deb 14 May 1959 vol 605 c1408
18. Mr. Lipton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the payments due to clerical officers under the arbitration award made last February will be made.

Mr. Simon

All payments due under the award for the period 1st July, 1957, to 30th November, 1958, were made by 31st March. Most clerical officers will receive the new rates, with the rest of the arrears, by the end of May and nearly all 'the remainder by the end of June.

Mr. Lipton

Why does it take so long for the Government to meet their obligations in this respect? Some of these clerical officers will have had to wait many months before they get the money to which they are properly and legally entitled.

Mr. Simon

The reason why it has taken some time to complete payments is the enormous complexity of the calculations of the arrears.