§ Mr. Alfred Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures operated for each of the years from 1960 to set levels of pay for the armed forces; what consideration was given to pension benefits then available to members of the armed forces in setting such levels in each subsequent year; and what decisions were taken.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
Between 1960 and 1968 pay in the armed forces was reviewed every two years. Pay was610W determined by reference to changes in civil service pay (for officers) and to changes in average earnings in manufacturing and other industries (for other ranks). In 1968, armed forces pay was made the subject of a standing reference to the National Board for Prices and Incomes. The AFPRB was established in 1971 to advise the Prime Minister on pay and allowances in the armed forces. Until 1980 adjustments for pension benefits were linked to those agreed for the home civil service.