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War Pensions

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England were in receipt of a war pension in each year since 1997. (224688)

The number of people in receipt of a war pension as at 31 December in Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside, the North East, and England for each of the calendar years from 2000 to 2007 can be found in the following table. Data is only available as at 30 June for the present calendar year. Data prior to the year 2000 is unavailable.

Number of people in receipt of a war pension in Jarrow constituency. South Tyneside. the North East and England, from 2000 to date1,2

Number of war pensioners

As at 31 December:

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

31 June 2008

Jarrow

895

845

805

760

730

690

640

605

580

South Tyneside

1,735

1,630

1,540

1,415

1,350

1,255

1,160

1,075

1,030

North East

16,840

16,080

15,315

14,490

13,755

13,100

12,445

11,745

11,420

England

194,845

187,695

179,875

151,735

144,030

136,735

129,870

123,220

119,775

1 Figures have been rounded to the nearest five.

2 Figures prior to 2006 are not directly comparable to those published in the quarterly War Pensions National Statistic due to recent improvements in data processing.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure on (a) the war pension scheme and (b) the armed forces compensation scheme was in each year since 2004; and what estimates he has made of likely expenditure on each in each of the next three years. (219995)

The expenditure on the War Pension Scheme is as follows:

Financial year

£ million

2004-05

1,110.082

2005-06

1,066.932

2006-07

1,038.574

2007-08

1,014.616

The current estimated expenditure for the next three years is:

Financial year

£ million

2008-09

1,015.602

2009-10

991.921

2010-11

941.758

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme began on 6 April 2005 and the expenditure on it is as follows:

Financial year

£ million

2004-05

2005-06

1.274

2006-07

6.159

2007-08

13.067

The current estimated expenditure for the next three years is:

Financial year

Amount (£ million)

2008-09

17.455

2009-10

27.270

2010-11

42.743