Railways: Armed Forces

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of the HM Forces Railcard in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Johnny Mercer Johnny Mercer Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

The HM Forces Railcard is administered by military unit administration offices under a bilateral agreement between the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). The MOD purchases Railcards from RDG for £21 per railcard and then recovers the £21 cost from individual Service personnel who wish to purchase a railcard. The administrative cost incurred by MOD is minimal but could not be disaggregated from wider budgets.

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