HC Deb 10 December 1998 vol 322 c257W
Mr. Swayne

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the costs of compensating servicewomen who left the services as a consequence of pregnancy(a) in each year since 1990 and (b) in the coming financial year. [62180]

Mr. Doug Henderson

Compensation payments to Servicewomen who left the Armed Forces because of pregnancy began in August 1992. Payments followed applications to industrial tribunals after the High Court ruled that to discharge women from the Armed Forces on the grounds of pregnancy was in breach of the European Equal Treatment Directive. The following amounts in compensation were awarded in each of the financial years shown:

Financial Year Amount (£)
1992–1993 1,653,931
1993–1994 6,980,274
1994–1995 35,611,282
1995–1996 11,762,089
1996–1997 2,803,571
1997–1998 948,572
1998–1999 (to 30 November 1998) 520,063

No further compensation will be paid in the remainder of 1998–1999 or in 1999–2000, as all claims have now been settled.

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