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Royal Navy: Joint Personnel Administration

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy personnel were (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid by Joint Personnel Administration in the first two months of roll-out; and if he will make a statement on the roll-out of Joint Personnel Administration to the Royal Navy. (113297)

In November 9,618 Royal Navy (RN) personnel were overpaid. 9,209 of these were due to the application of an incorrect tax rate resulting in overpayments averaging £200 per individual; the remaining 409 errors were for RN reservists who were paid twice for training nights. Both of these errors were corrected in December payroll.

In addition some 2,289 cases of RN underpayment were identified. 1,889 of these were due to an existing issue with payroll scheduling which was not identified until the RN release: some 1,678 Royal Air Force personnel were also affected by this underpayment issue, the average value of which was £50 to £100 per person. All identified errors have been corrected in the December pay run. Of the remaining underpayments, 400 new recruits were delayed payments due to incorrect data entry at the recruiting units but these errors along with those for 71 reserve officer payments resulting from a Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system error, were corrected in month.

To date there are no known systematic under/overpayments issues for RN December pay.