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Armed Forces: Dental Services

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual cost of one defence dental officer was in each of the last five years. (133148)

In order to calculate the average cost of one uniformed defence medical services dental officer, average capitation rates have been obtained as follows. These include pay, allowances, earnings-related national insurance contributions and superannuation as well as allowances for support, training and higher formation costs. It has not been possible to obtain historic rates prior to 2004-05.

Financial year

Total capitation rate (£)

2004-05

174,103

2005-06

179,326

2006-07

185,809

The pay of all general dental practitioners is calculated from a single incremental tri-service pay spine, and the pay element of the aforementioned figures is based on a simple average across the spine. An average figure has been used in calculating the other elements (as noted) making up the capitation rates.

These do not take into account the differing rates across the services for support functions such as accommodation and infrastructure.