§ Mr. Redwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the lowest hourly rate of pay received by a member of the British armed forces, calculated on the basis of annual pay divided by the average annual hours worked. 
§ Mr. Spellar
[holding answer 9 February 1998]: The Armed Forces are paid according to daily rates of pay, for 365 days a year, whether they are working or not, in recognition of their unlimited liability for duty. We do not record the hours worked by individuals each day.