§ Mr. GRIFFITHS
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the amount of saving to the Exchequer in respect of the cut in the cost-of-living bonus in the Civil Service, which took effect on 1st September last?
§ Mr. McNEILL
The automatic revision of cost-of-living bonus which took place on 1st September last was on an average cost-of-living figure of 70 as compared with 80 at the date of the previous revision. A fall of 10 points in the average cost-of-living figure is estimated to result in a reduction of expenditure on the bonus of permanent staff and the salaries of temporary staff at the rate of approximately £2,740,000 per annum or £1,370,000 over a period of six months. This reduction was anticipated and taken into account when the Estimates for the current financial year were framed.