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Armed Forces: Pensions

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel will have received payments from the armed forces pension fund in 2008 by the end of the year. (231142)

The information requested for 2008 is not yet available as the Resource Accounts for the Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS) for financial year 2007-08 have yet to be finalised. They will be available in the Library of the House by 31 January 2009.

The latest information available is for financial year 2006-07 and is as follows:

Pensions in payment as at 31 March 2007

Number

Members

266,864

Dependants

68,080

Ghurkhas

26,077

Total

383.021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average payment per person to members of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme was in 2008. (232827)

The armed forces pension scheme (AFPS) resource accounts for financial year 2007-08 have yet to be finalised, but will be available in the Library of the House by 31 January 2009. However, the average annual pension paid to members as at 31 March 2007 was £6,936.461.

1 This figure is based upon pensions paid to former members of the armed forces, their spouses and dependants.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals belong to the (a) old and (b) new Armed Forces Pension Scheme. (232835)

The armed forces pension scheme (AFPS) resource accounts for financial year 2007-08 have yet to be finalised, but will be available in the Library of the House by 31 January 2009. However, as at 31 March 2007, the number of members of the AFPS 1975 and AFPS 2005 are shown as follows:

Pension scheme

Active1

Pensioners2

Deferred3

AFPS 1975

162,060

382,684

AFPS 2005

23,350

337

Total

190,410

383,021

329,989

1 Active members are those currently serving in the armed forces, who have not yet been awarded a pension.

2 Pensioners are those who have left the service, their spouses and dependants, who are in receipt of a pension.

3 Deferred are preserved pensions that are payable when an individual reaches the age of 60 (AFPS 1975) or 65 (AFPS 2005). A separate breakdown of personnel who are members of AFPS 1975 and AFPS 2005 cannot currently be provided.