HC Deb 03 July 1973 vol 859 cc51-2W
22. Mr. Edwin Wainwright

asked the Minister of State for Defence what has been the percentage reduction in the value of wages and salaries paid to members of Her Majesty's Forces, who are stationed in each of the EEC countries, since the Government decided to float the pound, and if he will also take into account the increase in the cost of living, in those countries, up to the latest available date.

Mr. Ian Gilmour

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the introduction from 1st May of lower fixed exchange rates for the Forces to replace those which had been in force before the pound was floated. Rates of local overseas allowance were increased from the same date in compensation.

26. Mr. Pink

asked the Minister of State for Defence what allowances are receivable by other ranks in the Army and RAF during service in Germany, Hong Kong and Northern Ireland, respectively; and what conditions are attached to them.

Mr. Ian Gilmour

Many allowances are payable in various circumstances. I take it my hon. Friend is interested in the main allowances paid to offset extra costs overseas, and to compensate for separation. Local overseas allowance is payable, without conditions, to all members of the Forces stationed in Germany and Hong Kong, but not to those serving in Northern Ireland. Separation allowance is paid when a husband and wife are separated for longer than is regarded as normal.

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