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War Pensions

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cash (a) provision and (b) outturn was for the (i) War Pensions Benefits Programme, (ii) War Pensions Benefits Programme—Far Eastern Prisoners of War and (iii) War Pensions Benefits Programme costs—British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association request for resources subheads in each financial year since 1997. (146961)

The Ministry of Defence does not measure financial performance in cash terms. The nearest approximation is ‘near cash’ which comprises cash expenditure and adjustments relating to accrued and pre-paid expenditure. Details relating to the financial years from 1997 to 2002 are not available to the Ministry of Defence as responsibility for reporting financial performance was only transferred in 2002. Prior to this the financial reporting was the responsibility of the Department for Social Security, now the Department for Work and Pensions. The near cash provision for total war pensions expenditure for the years 2002-03 to 2006-07 was:

£

2002-03

1,186,720,000

2003-04

1,158,005,000

2004-05

1,161,221,000

2005-06

1,072,972,000

2006-07

1,047,661,000

The near cash outturn for the years 2002-03 to 2006-07 was:

£

(i) War pensions costs

(ii) Far eastern prisoners of war costs

(iii) British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s costs

Total war pension expenditure

2002-03

1,161,995,058

4,270,000

n/a

1,166,265,058

2003-04

1,113,557,403

3,210,000

3,000

1,116,770,403

2004-05

1,100,266,108

9,810,000

7,000

1,110,083,108

2005-06

1,065,402,752

3,730,000

3,000

1,069,135,752

2006-07

1,035,083,980

3,490,000

0

1,038,573,980

Costs relating to the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association were not separately recorded until 2003-04.