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Armed Forces: Pay

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel were entitled to the Long Service Advance of Pay in each year since 2003; and what estimate he has made of the number of entitlements in the next three years. (206154)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much was paid via Long Service Advance of Pay scheme in each year since its inception; (206340)

(2) how many service personnel took up the Long Service Advance of Pay in each year since its inception;

(3) what the annual cost of the Long Service Advance of Pay scheme was in each year since its inception.

The date of inception of Long Service Advance of Pay (LSAP) was 1965 for the Royal Navy, and 1996 for the Army and RAF. Information for the period 1965 to financial year 2000-01 could be supplied only at disproportionate cost. The amount paid since financial year 2000-01 is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Value (£ million)

2001-02

20.35

2002-03

20.39

2003-04

16.23

2004-05

14.76

2005-06

16.39

2006-07

24.66

2007-08

19.90

The number of service personnel who took up LSAP in each year since financial year 2001-02 is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Number of service personnel

2001-02

2,670

2002-03

2,645

2003-04

2,072

2004-05

1,906

2005-06

2,096

2006-07

3,140

2007-08

2,472

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs treat LSAP as a benefit in kind liability for national insurance contributions. The Ministry of Defence has therefore made an average annual payment of £300,000 in each of the last six financial years to satisfy this requirement. A more detailed breakdown could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much local overseas allowance service personnel received to travel back from (a) Germany and (b) Cyprus in each year since 2000. (206911)

Local overseas allowance is not payable for the purpose of Service personnel travelling back to the UK from Germany, Cyprus and other overseas locations.