I have tabled three questions for written answer about how much the Ministry of Defence has spent in contesting the war pensions claimed by former military personnel (strictly speaking the third is not about this, but is a comparison with the costs of the new MoD headquarters.

The questions are as follows:

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total administrative and legal costs incurred by the Ministry of Defence in contesting war pension claims in each of the last five years. HL5842

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 14 December 2008 (HL Deb, col 222), what were the total costs incurred by the Ministry of Defence in contesting the case of the late Terry Walker before his war pension was cut from 100 per cent to 40 per cent shortly before he died; and whether they will be represented when the inquest on his death is resumed. HL5843

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was their original estimate of the cost of reconstructing the headquarters of the Ministry of Defence; how much has so far been spent on the project; and what they now estimate will be the ultimate cost. HL5844

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