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Armed Forces: Pay

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current salary bill for all service personnel is, broken down by (a) service and (b) rank. (258430)

The most recently published total salary bill (including allowances) for service personnel broken down by service can be found in the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency Annual Report and Accounts for Financial Year 2007-08. A copy of this is held in the Library of the House. For ease of reference, details are reproduced as follows:

Service

Total (£ billion)

Royal Navy

1.72

Army

4.46

RAF

1.97

Total

8.15

A breakdown of the total salary bill by rank is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.