HC Deb 24 May 1960 vol 624 cc26-7W
Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what proposals he has for improving the standard of living of expatriate civil servants in East Africa, and in particular in Tanganyika as that country moves towards independence.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The Governors of Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika and Zanzibar and the Administrator, East Africa High Commission have accepted my proposal that a Commission should be appointed forthwith to inquire into the conditions of service, including remuneration, of the public services of the East African territories and the High Commission. At the request of the Tanganyika Government the Commission will confine its inquiries in that territory to European overseas officers only.

I have already approved increases in the educational allowances payable to European overseas officers in Tanganyika and Uganda. I have also informed the Governments and the Administrator, High Commission, that I am prepared to agree on certain conditions to an award back dated to 1st March of 25 per cent. of inducement pay, which is about a 5 per cent. increase in salary, to non-superscale European expatriate officers if the Governments themselves judge this to be necessary. This matter is now under consideration in East Africa.