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The Chairman welcomed Captain J. Burki, representative for the High Commissioner of Pakistan, who was attending a Commission meeting for the first time.
Matters arising from the Minutes of the 445th Meeting
Note regarding call from the Chairman and Secretary to Dr Hilgard Muller, new High Commissioner for the Union of South Africa; report that the concentration of war graves in Iran to Tehran was delayed; details of a threat to Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt.
Account of visit by HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to Delhi War Cemetery.
Tour by Director of Works in Southern Region (Egypt, Levant and Eastern Mediterranean Areas): assessment of the new construction and rehabilitation progress in Egypt and Levant Areas; completion of repair work at Suez; inspection of Jerusalem War Cemetery with Brigadier C. L. Fox, Regional Works Officer; visit to Damascus War Cemetery and cemeteries at Beirut; report on the construction and condition of Phaleron War Cemetery, The Athens Memorial and Suda Bay War Cemetery.
Report of the 490th Meeting of the Finance Committee
Two appointments to the Permanent Maintenance Staff; Block Authority for Routine Expenditure on Normal Services for the first part of the 1961 financial year; introduction of Revised Scales of Salary for staff in certain work grades; Revise Rates of Pay and Overseas Allowances.
Membership of the Finance Committee
Appointment of the High Commissioner of Australia as a member of the Finance Committee, who was replacing the High Commissioner for New Zealand.
Approval of the proposed removal of a First World War headstone from Bedminster Church Cemetery, which was in a derelict condition, and erection of a Commission headstone with a suitable superscription in Bristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery.
Commonwealth War Graves in Denmark, Norway and Sweden: approval of the proposed removal of two Commonwealth war burials from Tarm, Denmark, to Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery; approval of the proposed transfer of 82 Commonwealth war burials from 32 burial grounds in Norway to Fredriksstad Military Cemetery, Harstad Cemetery, Trondheim (Stavne) Cemetery and Sola Churchyard; approval of the proposed transfer of 116 Commonwealth war burials from 37 burial grounds in Sweden to a Commonwealth war graves plot to be established at Kvilberg Cemetery.
Arrangements for the erection and maintenance of a register box feature in Plymouth (Weston Mill) Cemetery.
Financial arrangements for the maintenance of the Memorial to Lieutenant Hill Trevor, Scots Guards, in Givenchy-les-La-Bassee.
Details concerning the private visit of HRH The Duke of Gloucester and Prince Richard to the Runnymede Memorial.
General Sir John Crocker GCB KBE DSO MC (Vice-Chairman of the Commission)
Mr H. F. Clark (Representing the High Commissioner for Canada)
Air Vice-Marshal A. M. Murdoch CB CBE (Representing the High Commissioner for Australia)
Mr R. L. Jermyn (Representing the High Commissioner for New Zealand)
Mr F. W. Thomashoff (Representing the High Commissioner for the Union of South Africa)
Lieutenant-Colonel A. K. Sahukar (Representing the High Commissioner for India)
Captain J. Burki (Representing the High Commissioner for Pakistan)
Mr J. H. H. Vaughn (Representing the Secretary of State for the Colonies)
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore GCB DSO
The Rt. Hon. Lord Spens KBE
Mr G. O. Sylvester, MP
Admiral Sir John Edelsten GCB GCVO CBE
Air Marshal Sir Charles Guest KBE CB
Mr John Hogg, TD
Mr W. J. Chalmers CBE (Director-General)
Also in attendance:
Mr A. K. Pallot ((Assistant Secretary) Director of Finance and Establishments)
Major-General J. F. D. Steedman, CBE, MC (Director of Works)
Mr H. L. Simmons LLB (Legal Adviser and Solicitor)
Mr P. N. Dolan (Chief External Relations and Records Officer)
Mr W. F. W. Harding OBE BSc (Chief Horticultural Officer)
Mr A. S. Laing MVO
Mr P. J. Cook