Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:17 pm on 22nd January 2004.

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Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence 1:17 pm, 22nd January 2004

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Before turning to the detail of this important Bill for the armed forces, I must set out the wider context. The Government take their responsibilities to past, present and future service personnel very seriously. For the first time, for example, all veterans issues from right across government were pulled together under a single Minister when the Prime Minister created the post of Minister for Veterans as part of the veterans initiative in March 2001. We also strive to ensure that our current servicemen and women receive due recognition and reward for their outstanding achievements both at home and abroad. For the future, we intend to ensure that our people will have opportunities to enhance their skills and qualifications through their careers, and that pension and compensation arrangements are robust and fair.

The Bill will allow the Ministry of Defence to modernise pension and compensation arrangements for the armed forces. In developing the new schemes, the Ministry of Defence has consulted extensively with serving personnel and ex-service organisations. The new pension scheme will be introduced for new entrants from 6 April 2005, with existing personnel being given the opportunity to transfer by April 2007. The new compensation scheme will cover all service personnel for deaths and injuries due to service after its introduction on 6 April 2005.


James Lloyd
Posted on 14 Sep 2006 8:24 am (Report this annotation)

The statement by Mr Hoon
"The government take there responsibilities to past pesent and future service personnel very seriously"
The statement obviously does not apply to pre 1975 servicemens rights regarding pro rata pensions.