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Armed Forces' Pay Review Body (Supplement to 2008 Report)

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

The supplement to the 2008 report of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB) making recommendations on the pay of service medical and dental officers has been published today. Copies of the report are available in the Vote Office and the Library of the House. I wish to express my thanks to the Chairman and members of the review body for their report.

The AFPRB has recommended an increase in basic military salary of 2.2 per cent. for all Defence Medical Services medical and dental officers—and all reserve equivalents—except general medical practitioners and general dental practitioners, for whom they recommended a 3.7 per cent. increase. The AFPRB has also recommended an increase in X-Factor from 13 to 14 per cent. and a restructuring to increase the amount of X-Factor paid to officers at Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel and Brigadier—and equivalent—ranks. In addition, the AFPRB has recommended a 2.2 per cent. increase in the values of national clinical excellence awards and distinction awards, and trainer pay, plus the introduction of general medical practitioner associate trainer pay, on a date to be determined.

Provision has been made to accommodate the additional cost to the defence budget.

I am pleased to confirm that the AFPRB’s recommendations are to be accepted in full, with implementation effective from 1 April 2008.