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Armed Forces: Pay

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the (a) RAF, (b) Army, (c) Navy, (d) Marines and (e) Reserves have been (i) overpaid and (ii) underpaid under the joint personnel administration system since March 2006. (158363)

The joint personnel administration (JPA) system was rolled out to the Royal Air Force (RAF) in March 2006, the Royal Navy (RN) in October 2006 and the Army in April 2007.

Information for the Royal Marines is contained in the RN information. The information on Reserves is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

The RN and RAF figures for 2006 are as follows:

2006

RN Over

RN Under

RAF Over

RAF Under

March

0

0

0

0

April

0

0

4,064

1,804

May

0

0

230

475

June

0

0

257

288

July

0

0

139

120

August

0

0

2,979

7,058

September

0

0

4

0

October

0

0

0

0

November

9,618

2,289

1,200

1,678

December

0

0

0

0

From January 2007, JPA system errors are no longer recorded separately by service and figures are therefore not available for the Army. The combined figures for 2007 are as follows:

2007

Overpayments

Underpayments

January

161

1,383

February

70

0

March

229

54

April

13,908

252

May

3,430

1,181

June

0

90

July

2,978

416

August

0

51,917

September

0

12

These figures are the total over and underpayments. It should be noted that the majority of the 51,917 underpayments recorded in August relate to a single error which took a charity contribution from each RN/RM account of £3. The error has been corrected and the money will be re-credited to pay accounts in October.