HC Deb 08 July 1946 vol 425 c19W
124. Mr. Younger

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Burma the estimated rise in the cost of living in Burma over the 1939 level; and what allowances have been made to compensate for this rise in the pay of civil servants in senior and junior grades

Mr. A. Henderson

The present cost of living index is based on the figure of 100, for 1941. Compared with that figure the cost of living for a Burman family in Rangoon in May, 1946, was 404 as against 679 in November, 1945. A cost of living allowance on a sliding scale has been sanctioned for all civil servants in receipt of less than Rs.540 a month, ranging downwards from 150 per cent. of basic pay as the rate of basic pay increases. The cost of these increases is over £2,250,000 a year.