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Staff Costs

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on staff (a) bonuses and (b) overtime in his Department in each year since 1997. (97961)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years for which information is available; what proportion of the total workforce they represented; what the total amount of bonuses paid has been; what the largest single payment was in each year; and if he will make a statement. (98528)

The figures for the Treasury are set out in the table. Bonuses are paid in two circumstances: performance bonuses are those linked to the annual staff appraisal system; special bonuses are those paid to recognise specific contributions or pieces of work during the year. The two types of bonus were not recorded separately in 2002-03 so an aggregated figure is given for that year. Information for the financial years before 2002-03 could be obtained only at disproportionate cost because of a change of accounting system in that year.

Performance bonuses (£000)

Special bonuses (£000)

Largest single bonus payment (£)

Percentage of work force receiving bonuses

Overtime (£000)

2002-03

627

6,000

43

1,119

2003-04

612

92

10,000

54

1,050

2004-05

846

126

14,000

45

1,023

2005-06

846

121

17,500

41

657