HC Deb 31 October 1956 vol 558 c154W
71. Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he has any statement to make about pay for members of the Royal Air Force serving in Australia.

Mr. Birch


Mr. Callaghan

asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is aware that the British airmen serving at Maralinga, Australia, get a local overseas allowance of 3s. 9d. per day, whereas the Australian forces working side by side are paid a remote area allowance of 17s. 6d. per day ; and if he will lift the local overseas allowance at Maralinga nearer to the Australian figure.

Mr. Birch

The local overseas allowance paid to airmen serving in Australia, including those at Maralinga, ranges from 3s. 9d. to 8s. 3d. a day (tax free); while the sterling value of the remote area allowance payable to Australian personnel is about 14s. a day, subject to tax. The difference between the two allowances, which are not strictly comparable, is in consequence less than the hon. Member suggests. I am nevertheless keeping the position under review.