HC Deb 19 March 1970 vol 798 cc590-1
17. Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what consideration she has given to the petition dated 23rd December, 1969, submitted to her by the Designated Permanent and Pensionable Officers' Association, Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Whitaker

The association's letter of 23rd December was considered in connection with the recent review of inducement allowances in this Territory and was discussed on the spot last month between association representatives and an officer from my Department. The association are now aware of the increases I am proposing in inducement allowances. Their representations on one or two secondary matters still require consideration, following which a reply will be sent.

Mr. Godman Irvine

As this is another matter which is taking a very long time, will the hon. Gentleman say whether he will make the award retrospective?

Mr. Whitaker

Yes. I am glad to say that the new rates will operate with effect from 1st July of last year.

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