Civil Service Clerical Officers (Arbitration Award)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th May 1959.

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Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton 12:00 am, 14th May 1959

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the payments due to clerical officers under the arbitration award made last February will be made.

Photo of Mr Jocelyn Simon Mr Jocelyn Simon , Middlesbrough West

All payments due under the award for the period 1st July, 1957, to 30th November, 1958, were made by 31st March. Most clerical officers will receive the new rates, with the rest of the arrears, by the end of May and nearly all 'the remainder by the end of June.

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton

Why does it take so long for the Government to meet their obligations in this respect? Some of these clerical officers will have had to wait many months before they get the money to which they are properly and legally entitled.

Photo of Mr Jocelyn Simon Mr Jocelyn Simon , Middlesbrough West

The reason why it has taken some time to complete payments is the enormous complexity of the calculations of the arrears.