§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Minister for the Civil Service taking the £ as 20s. in December, 1964, to what extent the purchasing value of £3,250 has fallen at the latest convenient date, using as a basis both the purchasing value of the £ and the retail price index; and whether he will give similar details for chairmen and members of State boards, judges and civil servants earning £3,250 or more in 493W October, 1964, together with details of increases in their salaries.
§ Mr. Shore:
To retain the same purchasing value on 31st April, 1970 as on 1st December, 1964, salaries would have had to rise by 26.7 per cent. During this period, salaries of chairmen and members of State boards have risen generally by about 20 per cent., but with somewhat larger increases of up to 40 per cent. (as recommended in N.B.P.I. Report No. 107) for a small number of chairmen and deputy chairmen. Salaries of civil servants earning £3,250 or more in October, 1964 have risen by amounts ranging from 17 per cent. to 28 per cent. These figures do not take into account the increases for the Higher Civil Service to be implemented from 1st July, 1970, as announced in my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bassetlaw (Mr. Ashton) on 26th March, 1970. Salaries of the lower judiciary have risen by the same percentages as the salaries of civil servants at the same levels of pay. Salaries of the higher judiciary have risen by 25 per cent. As my hon. Friend is aware, an Order giving effect to further increases for the higher judiciary has been passed by both Houses of Parliament and the increases will be implemented in the near future.—[Vol. 798, c. 520.]