§ 43. Mr. Iremonger
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what consultations have taken place between Her Majesty's Government and the New Zealand Government on the subject to the effect on the health of the inhabitants of the Tokelau Islands of the projected explosion of the British megaton bomb on Christmas Island.
§ Mr. Alport
The New Zealand Government have been kept fully informed of the measures being taken by the United Kingdom Government to ensure that the proposed tests do not endanger life or property on any inhabited islands.
The New Zealand Prime Minister, in a statement on 5th March, said that the New Zealand Government has accepted as adequate the assurances as to safety
Grade 31st March, 1939 31st March, 1957 1957 equivalents of 1939 figures Maximum salary at this date Maximum retirement additional allowance after forty years' service Maximum salary at this date Maximum retirement additional allowance after forty years' service Maximum salary Maximum retirement additional allowance (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) £ £ £ £ £ £ Permanent secretary 3,000 4,500 6,000 7,500 26,983 11,790 Assistant secretary 1,450 2,175 2,600 3,537 5,528 5,698 Principal 1,100 1,650 1,950 2,582 3,751 4,323 Clerical officer 350 524 690 948 1,095 1,372 NOTES: 1. In columns (3) and (5) the additional allowances have been calculated on the assumption that maximum salary was receivable throughout the last three years of service. 2. The figures in column (6) are obtained by: first, deducting tax at 1939 rates (prior to the war) from the figures in column (2); secondly, increasing the net amounts so obtained in the proportion of 262 to 100; and, thirdly, grossing up the converted net amounts so obtained at 1957–58 rates of tax. 3. The figures in column (7) are obtained by increasing the figures in column (3) in the ratio of 262 to 100. 4. The adjustment for increase in prices by use of the ratio of 262 to 100 is based on the Consumer Price Index, with an estimate for the later period.