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Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many compensation claims were made under the (a) War Pensions Scheme in each year from 1997 to 2006 and (b) the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme in each year since 2006; (155145)

(2) how many outstanding claims there were from the (a) War Pensions Scheme in each year from 1997 to 2006 and (b) the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme in each year since 2006.

[holding answer 12 September 2007]: Figures on the number of compensation claims made under the War Pensions Scheme and the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme in each financial year and the total number of claims outstanding as at 31 March each year, including those that may have been registered in previous years, are set out in the following table. Information is not available for the number of claims made prior to 1 April 2000 or on the total number of claims outstanding before 31 March 2001.

War Pensions Scheme1,2Armed Forces Compensation Scheme1,3

Financial year

Claims made during the year

Total number of claims outstanding4

Claims made during the year

Total number of claims outstanding4

2000-01

47,845

12,575

2001-02

45,965

10,580

2002-03

43,560

10,000

2003-04

41,495

9,540

2004-05

37,250

7,515

2005-06

39,300

6,925

540

230

2006-07

36,955

6,590

1,910

545

1 Data have been rounded to the nearest five. 2 Includes all disablement claims, widows claims, supplementary allowance claims, supplementary allowance reviews, medical expense claims and appeals. 3 Includes all injury claims, survivors' claims, reconsiderations and appeals. 4 For the purposes of this table, a claim is recorded outstanding if it has been registered but does not have an outcome.

Claims under both schemes require medical and other evidence to be gathered and assessed before a decision can be taken. The average clearance times for the two schemes in 2006-07 were 49 days for the War Pension Scheme and 34 days for the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.