HC Deb 05 April 1971 vol 815 cc56-7W
Mr. Adam Hunter

asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the number of increases in pay for members of the Armed Forces and the percentage increase in each case between the years 1960 and 1970.

Lord Balniel

The increases in pay expressed in percentage terms were as follows:

1960 5 per cent.
1962 9 per cent.
1964 7½ per cent.
1966 17½ per cent.
1968 7 per cent.
1969 4 per cent.
1970 18 per cent.

The figures shown for the years 1960 to 1969 (inclusive) were the percentage additions to pay rates excluding marriage and other allowances. During these years single personnel were issued with free food and accommodation. Following Report No. 142 of the N.B.P.I. a totally new system of pay—the military salary—was introduced from 1st April, 1970, under which, in particular, single personnel were to be paid on the same basis as married and were to pay for food and accommodation. Comparison with the earlier years is difficult but the figure of 18 per cent. is an estimate of the increase in total real emoluments over 1969.

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