To ask the Secretary of State for Defence
(1) for what reasons payment of Territorial Army annual training bonuses has been deferred to May 2010;
(2) what estimate he has made of the savings which he made by deferring the payment of annual Territorial Army training bonuses to May 2010;
(3) what assessment he has made of the effect on the (a) morale, (b) retention and (c) personal finances of members of the Territorial Army of deferral of payment of annual training bonuses to May 2010.
Bounties are paid annually to all those who have qualified for a Certificate of Efficiency. The certificate confirms that the appropriate levels of attendance, training and performance have been met.
The certificates are produced at the beginning of April and cover the previous 12-month period. In the majority of cases individuals receive payment by the end of the same month. This is the expectation for 2010. In a small amount of cases, where the certificate is delayed, payment may not be received until May.