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Ships' Companies (Overseas Allowances)

Volume 974: debated on Tuesday 27 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to make overseas allowances available to ships' companies that spend the greater part of the year in foreign waters.

Naval personnel serving in Her Majesty's ships in foreign waters receive a seagoing local overseas allowance to compensate for the higher costs experienced abroad. This allowance was extended to North-West European waters in July 1979, having been available elsewhere since 1954. The allowance is not paid while on passage to or from the United Kingdom, but otherwise ships' companies in foreign waters can receive it continuously.