HC Deb 03 November 1948 vol 457 cc81-2W
70. Mr. Skinnard

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have been taken in Malaya to improve the salary scales and conditions of Government employees; and to what extent these have met the widespread criticism of the proposals of the Trusted Commission.

Mr. Creech Jones

Improved remuneration and conditions for the public service in Malaya were introduced in July with retrospective effect to 1st August, 1947. Those recommendations of the Trusted Commission which the authorities in Malaya considered to require further study have been examined by a Joint Special Committee appointed by the legislatures of the Federation of Malaya and of Singapore, whose recommendations have been generally accepted and are now in operation. Certain outstanding points of detail are still under consideration in Malaya.

71. Mr. Skinnard

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the increases in salary scales to persons employed in the Co-operative Department of the Malayan Government Service have been considerably lower than those granted to officials in other departments such as that of Labour.

Mr. Creech Jones

I am in communication with the High Commissioner for the Federation of Malaya on this matter and will write to my hon. Friend when I have his comments.