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Combat Stress

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has provided to each Combat Stress centre for providing treatment to war pensioners in each of the last 10 years; and how many pensioners have been treated at each such centre.

[Official Report, 3 July 2009, Vol. 495, c. 461W.]

Letter of correction from Kevan Jones:

I am writing to inform you that, unfortunately, an error has been identified in the written answer given to you 3 July 2009. The original answer referred to the number of war pensioners receiving treatment and stated:

“in order to give some indication of the numbers of war pensioners receiving treatment, we can state that in Financial Year 2007-08 some 1,200 individuals, funded through the auspices of the War Pensions Scheme, were treated at the three Combat Stress sites”

It has now become clear that the figure of 1,200 individuals was potentially misleading, in that individuals will have been counted more than once if they attended on more than one occasion. The revised answer now reflects the true number of separate individuals who received treatment in 2007-08.

The correct answer should have been: (283075)

Funds are provided through the War Pensions Scheme's discretionary power to meet the cost of any necessary expenses in respect of medical, surgical or rehabilitative treatment of ex-members of the armed forces that arise from a disablement due to service before 6 April 2005 where it is not provided for under other UK legislation. This includes the individual costs of war pensioners undergoing remedial treatment at homes run by Combat Stress for conditions related to their individual pensioned disablement and of related expenses such as travel costs. Combat Stress receives separate funding from the Scottish Executive for war pensioners' resident in Scotland who receive treatment at Hollybush House.

The following table shows the funding received by Combat Stress to defray individual treatment expenses under the War Pensions Scheme for the past eight years.

Funding (£ million)

2001-02

1.2

2002-03

1.5

2003-04

1.6

2004-05

2.0

2005-06

2.3

2006-07

2.5

2007-08

3.2

2008-09

3.5

Funding figures for the previous two years and a complete breakdown of the number of war pensioners treated at each centre can be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, in order to give some indication of the numbers of war pensioners receiving treatment, we can state that in Financial Year 2007-08 some 600 individuals, funded through the auspices of the War Pensions Scheme, were treated at the three Combat Stress sites, in some cases on more than one occasion.