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Armed Forces: Personnel Management

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the effects on his Department's expenditure of the introduction of Joint Personnel Administration in each year since 2005. (202355)

The implementation costs for Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) by financial year were as follows.

£ million

2005-06

14.9

2006-07

37.4

2007-08

22.7

These costs include technical development and delivery costs, but exclude single service costs incurred in adjusting to the new system which were absorbed as part of business operating costs.

The benefits accrued by financial year were as follows.

£ million

2005-06

16.2

2006-07

38.4

2007-08

63.4

These figures include reduced costs within the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency and headcount reductions in each of the Services.

Consequently, the impact of JPA on departmental expenditure was broadly cost-neutral in 2005-06 and 2006-07, with a saving of some £40 million in 2007-08.