HC Deb 16 December 2002 vol 396 c511W
Syd Rapson

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel he estimates will lose money by standing in as firefighters during the dispute. [85411]

Mr. Ingram

The Ministry of Defence has a comprehensive pay and allowance package in place that includes various reimbursement and compensatory allowances. There should be no "losers" under this arrangement but it is possible that some individuals, as their circumstances change (e.g. different types of separation, no longer living away from home etc.) might move from one set of allowances to another— because their compensation needs are different. MOD is aware that there may be some individuals who will or may have been temporarily withdrawn from career courses and would seek to address any potential financial loss sympathetically.