– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th May 1959.
asked the Prime Minister if he will set up a body analogous with the Coleraine Committee to review regularly the remuneration of other public servants, members of the Boards of nationalised industries, and Ministers of the Crown.
The method of appointing a Committee of independent persons of high standing to advise on levels of remuneration is one which might well be used, in certain circumstances, outside the special case of the higher Civil Service. The Question of its extension to these other groups however needs further thought.
Would not my right hon. Friend agree that the salaries paid to many of the public servants referred to in my Question are completely out of line with the responsibilities of their appointments and that unless the salaries are kept under review the field of recruitment of able men to fill these very important appointments will become very narrow?
All these matters must be considered. What we have done is to deal first with the immediate problem.