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Departmental Compensation

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much compensation his Department has paid to former and serving (a) members of the armed forces and (b) civil servants in cases of (i) sexual discrimination, (ii) bullying and (iii) other infringements of employment rights in the last 12 months. (288200)

Some £182,600 was paid out to Military personnel in the last 12 months to settle two sexual discrimination cases, comprising one payment each by the Army and RAF. An additional claim was settled in 2008-09 for £90,000 in respect of the previously operated MOD policy of debarring homosexuals from serving in the armed forces.

In respect of civilian staff in the last 12 months, some £43,500 was paid to settle sexual discrimination cases. This figure includes one payment in respect of an age discrimination case the cost of which cannot be separately identified. One case, where bullying was alleged, was settled with £3,250 of compensation. Some £233,920 was paid to settle cases where other infringements of employment rights occurred.