To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 14 May 2003, Official Report, column 265W, on civil servants, what the criteria are for recognition within the Special Bonus Scheme; what the performance indicators are that are assessed when considering staff for one-off bonuses; and whether the reduction of financial payments to farmers is a performance indicator for the purposes of the scheme. 
The Special Bonus Scheme is designed to recognise special achievement and contribution additional to the normal demands of the job. The criteria for an award include:
Work on a specific project or contribution during an acute staff shortage
Achievement on a valued piece of work, such as a report or short-term project that helped the team, branch, or division to meet a difficult or challenging target
The reduction of financial payments to farmers is not a performance indicator for the purposes of the scheme.Leading or contributing to work of an exceptional standard to a tight timetable.