Ex-servicemen: Pensions

Defence written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of former service personnel is receiving a pension from his Department.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

The proportion of former service personnel receiving a pension cannot be identified as the overall number of surviving veterans is not known. However, the number of pensions in payment, broken down by scheme is as follows:

Pension scheme Pensions in payment
War Disablement pension scheme 167,700
Armed Forces pension scheme 295,824
Armed Forces compensation scheme 29
Reserve Forces pension scheme 33
Total number of pensions in payment 463,586

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Barry Wells
Posted on 9 May 2008 11:51 pm (Report this annotation)

Isn't it sad that the Minister for Veterans does not know how many surviving veterans there are. For sad maybe read incompetence.