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Armed Forces: Pay

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the procedure is for paying service personnel (a) posted overseas, (b) on active service and (c) in the UK. (206382)

All service personnel are paid to their nominated bank accounts through the joint personnel administration (JPA) system whether posted within the UK, overseas or on operations. Recruits provide their bank details on arrival at their initial training or reservists’ units and payments to banks normally commence within three months of enlistment. Thereafter, it is the responsibility of the individual service person to maintain their bank details on the JPA system, including initiating, through their human resource administration staff, payments to overseas bank accounts, when posted overseas. The JPA system also has the capacity to make payments by payable order and for unit administration staff, when required, to make payments in cash.