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Armed Forces: Health Services

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of veterans resident in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland who have a health condition related to their service. (304779)

[holding answer 7 December 2009]: The information is not held centrally or in the format requested.

It is only possible to identify veterans who have a health condition related to their service if they have made a claim and received an award under the relevant compensation scheme. The War Pensions Scheme (WPS) provides no-fault compensation for all ex-service personnel where illness, injury or death is caused by service before 6 April 2005. The Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) which came into force on 6 April 2005, provides no-fault compensation for injury, illness or death caused by service on or after that date.

The following tables provide details of those veterans living in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who were receiving a pension, compensation or both between 2003 and 2009 for a health condition related to their service. The data provided here differ from earlier responses as the level of detail supplied is only available from 2003 onwards.

Veterans receiving a war pension between 2003 and 2009

Country

All

Ongoing war pension as at 30 June 2009

Gratuity award 1 January 2003 to 30 September 2009

Nil award 1 January 2003 to 30 September 2009

All

169,935

142,700

19,490

7,750

England

136,290

114,070

15,945

6,275

Scotland

17,780

15,715

1,355

705

Wales

10,870

8,940

1,460

470

Northern Ireland

4,730

3,705

725

295

Great Britain

270

265

1

1

Veterans receiving compensation through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme between 2003 and 2009

Country

Awarded under AFCS

Total

1,670

England

1,395

Scotland

105

Wales

70

Northern Ireland

35

Great Britain

60

Veterans receiving both a war pension and compensation through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme between 2003 and 2009

Country

Awarded under both schemes

Total

290

England

225

Scotland

20

Wales

20

Northern Ireland

25

1 Represents a value of fewer than five.

Notes:

1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest five

2. Due to rounding, totals may not equal the sum of their parts.

3. May include personnel who have returned to service.

The ‘Great Britain’ category refers to individuals that have been identified as residing within Great Britain, but due to invalid address data, cannot be allocated to a particular country.

Due to the time period given and the age profile of the recipients, it is possible that some may have died.