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Navy: Pay

Volume 460: debated on Monday 14 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Royal Navy bonuses and (b) Royal Naval Reserve bounty payments for the fiscal year 2007-08 were (i) missed and (ii) mispaid by the Joint Personnel Administration. (136040)

The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency, which is responsible for such payments, is not currently aware of any missed or mispaid commitment bonus payments due to top Royal Naval personnel. Annual bounties for Royal Naval Reserve personnel for service during fiscal year 2006-07 were successfully paid in April 2007 through the Joint Personnel Administration system. While it cannot be predicted in which month annual bounties will be paid for service in fiscal year 2007-08, the majority are normally paid in April of each calendar year following the end of the training year on 31 March.

Initiation of both the bonus and bounty payments is governed by the timely provision of details of entitlements from units.