§ Sir R. Gower
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what is the present amount of Colonial allowance paid to British employés in His Majesty's Dockyard at Singapore; when this allowance was first granted; what increases have been made in it since then; and what have been the changes in the cost of living at Singapore over the same period?
I presume that the question refers to industrial employés sent from home dockyards to Singapore under agreement. Such employés receive a Colonial allowance (or Foreign Service allowance) of $40 per week for married men and $35 for single men. The allowance dates from 1st April, 1924, at which date it stood at $45 for married men and $40 for unmarried men. Reduction from this rate was made from the week commencing 23rd June, 1935, in view of the fall in the cost of living.
According to a publication compiled by the Department of Statistics, Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States, the annual cost of living index figures (European standard) for Singapore at the material dates was:—
1924 154.6 1935 124.7 1937 (latest figure) 127.1