§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will state the salary, pension entitlement and present compensation rights for early termination of contract of the new head of the Defence Export Services Organisation from the Government, what top-ups to those provisions have been made by external sources; and which external sources are providing the top-ups. 
§ Mr. George Robertson
[holding answer 10 December 1998]: Mr. Tony Edwards, the new Head of Defence Export Services, will receive a salary from the Ministry of Defence of £165,000 a year, plus an annual performance related bonus of up to £15,000. In addition, the Department will contribute towards his superannuation up to a maximum of 28 per cent. of the Ministry of Defence salary element.328W
The Defence Industries Council, acting on behalf of the defence industry as a whole, are providing a top-up element so that his basic remuneration package will remain on a par with what he was receiving from TI Group plc.
Mr. Edwards is on loan to the Department from TI Group plc. for the duration his appointment as Head of Defence Export Services; under the terms of the secondment agreement, compensation rights for early termination of the agreement do not apply.