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Armed Forces: Compensation Schemes

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 30 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations the Ministry of Defence has received from the Royal British Legion on its response to the department's Armed Forces and Reserve Forces compensation schemes evaluation report; what reply is being sent; and whether they will take any action.[HL1445]

The Royal British Legion has been fully involved in the consultation which was conducted as a part of the evaluation of the first year of operation of the Armed Forces compensation scheme. The consultation included completion of a questionnaire, involvement in a one-to-one discussion with officials and taking part in a workshop when the issues raised by stakeholders were shared. The draft evaluation report was issued for comment on 24 November 2006 with a deadline for responses of 15 January 2007. Officials are working on finalising the report in the light of comments received on the draft, including those submitted by the Royal British Legion on 12 January 2007 to which officials will reply. The finalised report will be made public shortly which addresses the issues raised as a result of the first year of the scheme’s operation.