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Combat Stress

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding was allocated by his Department to the ex-services mental welfare society Combat Stress in each of the past five years. (58183)

[holding answer 13 March 2006]: The information requested is set out in the following table:

Income received by Combat Stress to defray individual treatment expenses

£ million

2000-01

1.5

2001-02

2.1

2002-03

2.4

2003-04

2.6

2004-05

2.8

Source: Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society ("Combat Stress").

Article 21 of the Naval, Military and Air Forces Etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions Order 2006 provides that the Secretary of State for Defence may defray necessary expenses in respect of the medical, surgical or rehabilitative treatment of a former member of the armed forces which arise from a disablement due to service, provided they are not provided for under other UK legislation. Under this discretionary power, MOD defrays the individual costs of war pensioners undergoing "remedial treatment" at the Combat Stress homes for conditions related to their individual pensioned disablement and of related expenses, such as travel costs. The table shows the funding received by Combat Stress under this provision.