§ Lord Westbury
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What recommendations the Armed Forces Pay Review Body has made on the pay of medical and dental officers in the Armed Forces.
The Lord Privy Seal (Viscount Cranborne)
The Armed Forces Pay Review Body has made recommendations on the pay of medical and dental officers in the Armed Forces in a supplementary report being published today. Copies are available in the Printed Paper Office and the Library of the House.69WA
The review body recommends that the daily rate of basic pay should be increased by an average of 3.8 per cent. from 1st April. Further, they recommend that, along with the other military personnel, the x-factor which compensates for the balance of disadvantage of Service life, should be increased by 0.5 per cent. to 12 per cent. The review body has also recommended increases in consultant pay which are designed to improve retention in this area.
The Government have decided to accept the review body's recommendations but to stage their introduction in the same way as the earlier recommendations of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body, and the recommendations of most of the other review bodies. The full award less 1 per cent. will be backdated to 1st April, and the remainder will be paid from 1st December.