§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what consideration has been given during the last two years to the introduction of family allowances in Malta; and with what result.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
The Government of Malta were considering the introduction of a system of family allowances, coupled with the abolition of subsidies on rationed foodstuffs, when, in June of this year, a substantial wage increase was awarded to Government industrial staff. This award necessitated not only increased taxation in Malta but also a special grant-in-aid from Her Majesty's Government. Bearing in mind the further increase in costs which would be involved, the Government of Malta have deferred a decision on family allowances and the abolition of subsidies.