HC Deb 02 February 1970 vol 795 cc28-9
38. Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action has been taken as a result of the Pincombe Report of the Commission on the Civil Service of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate.

Mr. Foley

The report's recommendations were accepted subject to modifications which were approved by the Legislative Council of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate. The introduction of the new pay-scales (and payment of back-pay) in respect of local officers was completed in December last, and other changes became effective from 1st January. Legislative Council Paper No. 87 of 1969 and the Pincombe Report, copies of which have been placed in the Library of the House, together constitute a detailed statement of the new conditions of service.

Mr. Irvine

As the Commission was set up in September, 1968, may I ask whether the recommendations are backdated to October, 1968, as recommended? Further, has the recommendation that local leave should not be dealt with except under an overall review of the overseas service aid scheme also been accepted?

Mr. Foley

On the first point, the salary awards were not back-dated.

On the second point, I can assure the hon. Gentleman that local leave and salaries will form part of the review of overseas service.