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Armed Forces (Pay And Allowances)

Volume 78: debated on Tuesday 30 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the basic pay and allowances of a soldier in the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment holding the rank of major, lieutenant, sergeant or private while stationed in either Northern Ireland, England, West Germany or Gibraltar.

The information is given in the following two tables for the ranks of personnel requested. Basic pay is the same wherever soldiers serve. The figures for pay quoted are the maximum and minimum daily rates of pay for male officers and soldiers. The maximum rates for soldiers include the highest level of length of service increment payable. In addition, personnel serving in Northern Ireland receive Northern Ireland pay, which is £2·15 per day for all ranks.

Table 1
£ per day
MaximumMinimum
Major46·8939·13
Lieutenant27·2724·67
Sergeant29·3522·91
Private21·5212·87
Most allowances payable to Service personnel vary according to their personal circumstances and are not determined by where they are serving. Local overseas allowance is, however, and the second table shows the daily rate payable for the ranks requested on 29 April 1985. The allowance is paid in pounds sterling and may vary with exchange rates. West Berlin has also been included.

Table 2
MajorL'tenantSergeantPrivate
Germany (excluding Berlin)
Single3·912·302·271·47
Married plus one
child7·445·665·504·21
Germany* (including Berlin) from 1 August 1985
Single1·951·190·780·56
Married plus one
child6·374·895·164·01
Berlin
Single3·732·352·201·48
Married plus one
child7·145·315·073·80
Gibraltar
SingleNilNilNilNil
Married plus one
child6·475·334·794·21
* Rates to be implemented from 1 August 1985 may change with exchange rate variations.