Cost of Livinģ (Official Pay)

Oral Answers to Questions — India – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th April 1945.

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Photo of Rear-Admiral Sir Murray Sueter Rear-Admiral Sir Murray Sueter , Hertford 12:00 am, 12th April 1945

asked the Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the present high cost of living in India, he is satisfied that officials in the lower ranks of the Indian Civil Service, Imperial Police Service and Indian State Railways, are now receiving sufficient emoluments to meet a reasonable standard of living; if not, what action he is taking.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I have recently sanctioned an increase in the dearness allowance to members of the Services mentioned as well as to the others under my control which, together with the Income Tax concession proposed in the recent Budget, will, I trust, meet the purposes that my hon. and gallant Friend has in mind. I am continuing to have the position carefully watched.