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Armed Forces: Allowances

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When British troops who have been deployed in Afghanistan for over three months will receive all the additional allowances payable to them by virtue of such deployment. [HL1019]

Service personnel who have served for over three months in Afghanistan will receive their tax-free operational allowance, worth about £2,240 for a six-month deployment, as one lump-sum payment via their salary when they return from their tour of duty to their permanent unit. However, while they are deployed, service personnel are also entitled to a daily rate of separation allowance that is taxable and paid via their salary on a monthly basis.