§ Mr. PARKINSON
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Ceylon State Council or the Board of Ministers were given any opportunity of considering the report of the salaries commission before receiving his decision with regard to the salaries and conditions of service of officers already serving in the Colony; and, if not, on what grounds his decision was based?
§ Sir P. CUNLIFFE-LISTER
The[...]terim report of the Salaries and Cadres Commission was published in Ceylon in July last, while my despatch on the subject was dated the 14th November. The Board of Ministers had, therefore, ample opportunity for considering the report before my views on it were formed. The report contained proposals fundamentally affecting the conditions of service of officers already serving in the island; and having regard to the special responsibility in regard to such matters which is placed on me by the constitution of Ceylon, I thought it desirable that the Board of Ministers and the State Council should be informed without delay of the general principles from which I was not prepared to deviate.