§ Mr. Jessel
asked the Lord Privy Seal what provisions are being made to continue the arrangements for supplementing from the aid programme the salaries of British staff employed by Governments in developing countries.
§ Mr. Neil Marten
The formal agreements with overseas Governments, under which we provide a range of benefits, including a salary supplement, for British staff in their employment, or in the employment of other organisations such as universities, are due to expire on 31 March 1981. Where appropriate these agreements will be extended for a further period, normally five years, and negotiations with the countries concerned are well advanced. The majority of these extended agreements will be signed by 31 March 1981. Where it is not possible to complete the signing of the agreement by this date staff at present in service will continue to receive the benefits to which they are entitled under the existing agreements.