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Ex-servicemen: Disabled

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans in Scotland have been found to have suffered disability as a result of their service in the armed forces but are not eligible for assistance through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pension Scheme. (172608)

The number of claims made under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme by claimants living in Scotland with injuries or conditions that have been assessed as being due to service, but not having met the minimum level for compensation are shown in table 1 as follows:

Table 1: Claims made under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme to claimants living in Scotland where the minimum tariff level for compensation was not met1, 2

Claims

Total

20

2005-063

*

2006-07

15

2007-084

*

1 Data have been rounded to the nearest five. “—” refers to a value of zero, while “*” refers to a negligible value (greater than zero, but less than five). Numbers may not add to totals because of rounding.

2 Data will include claims made from serving personnel as well as veterans.

3 Data are unavailable for claims registered between 6 April 2005 and 11 November 2005.

4 This covers the period from 1 April 2007 to 30 September 2007.

The number of first claims made by claimants living in Scotland which resulted in a nil award under the War Pension Scheme since the financial year 2003-04 are shown in table 2 as follows. A nil award is made when the injury or condition claimed for is found to be attributable or aggravated by service, but disability is assessed at 0 per cent. and so no monetary award is made.

Table 2: Number of Veterans in Scotland given a nil percentage assessment, by financial year1

Nil percentage assessment

2003-04

125

2004-05

115

2005-06

110

2006-07

105

1 Data have been rounded to the nearest five.