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Civilians: Pay

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British citizens employed overseas at Ministry of Defence establishments receive wages lower than the UK minimum wage; and if he will make a statement. (182792)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. There are no UK-based civilians (UKBCs) employed overseas at Ministry of Defence establishments in receipt of pay below the UK minimum wage. MOD does employ locally engaged civilians (LECs) overseas. The majority of civilian personnel employed overseas by MOD are LECs and not civil servants. LECs are recruited locally, and may be nationals of the host country, expatriates or accompanying dependants of MOD personnel (UKBCs or service personnel). LECs are employed on terms and conditions analogous with local employment law and market forces, and not those of the UK.