Mr. Mark Hughes
asked the Prime Minister whether he will make a statement about the latest report of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body.
§ The Prime Minister
The Fifth Report of the Review Body on Armed Forces Pay, covering pay for all ranks up to224W and including brigadier, but excluding medical and dental officers whose pay will be reviewed separately, is published today as Cmnd. 6470. Copies are available in the Vote Office. The Government are most grateful to the Review Body for its valuable report.
The Review Body has recommended that the pay of all officers and adult Service men and women should be increased by a £6 per week supplement to military salary, except where earnings would thereby be increased beyond £8,500 a year. Proportionately smaller increases are recommended for juniors and others serving long apprenticeships. Increases in food and accommodation charges are also proposed. The effective date proposed for all increases is 1st April 1976.
The Review Body's recommendations are in accordance with the anti-inflation policy and the Government accept them.