asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they intend to maintain unchanged the structure of pay and allowances for the Armed Forces introduced by the last government following consideration of the independent review.
§ Lord Gilbert
While the last government considered proposals for a new pay and allowances structure for the Armed Forces as a result of the publication of the report of the Independent Review, it is not correct to say that they introduced it. In February 1997, as part of follow-on work to the report, the Ministry of Defence published an Information Document entitledThe Armed Forces of the Future—a Personnel Strategy. This contained proposals for new pay and allowances structures. These proposals are now being developed and an announcement will be made in due course.