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Armed Forces: Senior Staff

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 26 January 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 16 December 2009 (WA 227–8), which officers occupy the 19 official service residences; which officers have (a) one, and (b) two cars for their official use; and what are the criteria by which expenditure on official entertainment is allocated. [HL957]

For the year ended 31 March 2008. The following appointments occupied official service residences:

1st Sea Lord;

2nd Sea Lord;

Commander in Chief Fleet;

Deputy Commander in Chief Fleet;

General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland Chief of the General Staff;

Adjutant General;

Commander in Chief Land;

Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Commander in Chief Air;

Chief of the Air Staff;

Deputy Commander in Chief Personnel (RAF) Chief of the Defence Staff;

Vice Chief of the Defence Staff;

Deputy Supreme Allied Command Europe (NATO);

Deputy Supreme Allied Command Atlantic (NATO);

United Kingdom Military Representative (NATO);

Joint Force Command Headquarters; and

Deputy Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum.

A single staff car will be made available to those officers whose appointment requires them to retain a vehicle for official use. The appointments which have been allocated a vehicle for that purpose is not held centrally. Following the recent publication of the expenses of our senior civilian staff we have decided to extend that policy to cover the senior military officers of 3 star status and above. When this information is published, in the spring of 2010, the costs associated with an official car will be included.

Criteria relating to expenditure on official entertainment are contained within Joint Service Publication 462. A copy is available in the Library of the House and at the following link at http://www.mod.uk/NR/rdonlyres/DCD1C7CF-6965-4ED4-AFFB-81B0ABF9605E/0/JSP_462_Issue_5_final.pdf. In short, expenditure on official entertainment must be modest. Due consideration must be given, at all times, to whether that official entertainment is necessary, appropriate, cost-effective and an admissible charge against the defence budget. Prior to a function, authorisation must be obtained from a budget manager.