§ 135. Sir P. Hannon
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if, in view of the steep increase in the cost of living in Central and South American countries, he will consider revision of the salaries of 67W diplomatic and consular officers and the pensions of officers retired from those services.
§ Mr. Mayhew
The salaries of all diplomatic and consular officers are fixed according to their grade, but they receive allowances to meet their local cost of living. These allowances are under investigation by inspectors who are at present touring countries in South America, and whose reports will be received and examined shortly. As regards Central America, the officers concerned will fall within a general review which is being undertaken, and any necessary revision will be made as soon as the data has been collected. Pensions of Foreign Service officers are calculated on their sterling salaries and are not variable if a retired officer chooses to live outside the United Kingdom.