Armed Forces: Compensation

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd January 2015.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2015 to Questions 220492 and 220493, how many of the surveillance and monitoring activities resulted in (a) the withdrawal of a claim for compensation and (b) the disclosure of the monitoring and surveillance in court; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Records of the outcome of individual claims for damages are not maintained in a way which facilitates identification of those subject to surveillance and monitoring activities. From anecdotal evidence it is believed that over the period from 2008 to 2014 there were no instances which resulted in a claim being withdrawn, and there were no cases where such evidence was disclosed in court; but there were a number of cases where surveillance or monitoring indicated that claimants were exaggerating the extent of their disability, resulting in payment of damages in line with their true loss.

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