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Armed Forces: Pensions

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average annual pension payment received by a retired British soldier has been in each year since 1997. (276666)

The available average annual amount paid to AFPS members for all three services for each year since 1999 are as follows:

Financial year

Average pension payment (£)

1999-2000

5,493

2000-01

5,698

2001-02

5,941

2002-03

6,154

2003-04

6,405

2004-05

6,739

2005-06

6,736

2006-07

6,728

2007-08

6,941

Information for financial years 1997-98 and 1998-99 are no longer held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Figures for 2008-09 are still being finalised.

The figures provided are based on average pensions paid to former members of the armed forces, their spouses, and dependants. Figures provided are not held in the format requested to reflect average pensions paid to veterans alone. This could be done only at disproportionate cost.

The figures do not include any Terminal Grants or Commutations paid to AFPS members.