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Services Medical Personnel

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why there has been a delay in considering the recommendations of the Armed Services Pay Review Body for doctors and nurses; and if he will make a statement. (90085)

I refer the hon. Member to the statement I made on 24 July 2006, Official Report, column 71WS.

Given the significant recruitment and retention difficulties experienced by service medical and dental officers, the Government wanted to carefully consider the Armed Forces Pay Review Body report in order to ensure that it delivered an appropriate package which recognises the vital contribution made by these officers.