HC Deb 26 January 1978 vol 942 cc752-3W
Mr. Banks

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the amounts of disturbance allowance currently payable to Service men and the dates of the last two increases together with the previous rates paid.

Dr. Gilbert

Disturbance allowance is a non-taxable allowance designed to help to meet the incidental expenses which arise when the requirements of the Service make it necessary for married Service personnel to move their families from one place of residence to another. The current and previous rates are shown below. The basic rate is paid for each family move which satisfies certain conditions. In addition, the higher supplement rate is paid when residence is taken up for the first time in the Service men's own house or in certain private rented accommodation and the lower supplement rate applies when a Service man reoccupies his own house, or makes a second or subsequent move. A children's allowance may also be payable.

ture during the current and the next financial years.

Mr. Robert C. Brown

In the financial year 1976–77 the expenditure on Service bands was about £20.5 million. The present estimate of such expenditure for 1977–78 and 1978–79 is about 21 and £20.6 million respectively.

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