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Bonus Payments

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department each year since 2001-02; and how many civil servants received bonuses in each year. (101018)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria a civil servant in his Department must fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary and (b) to be awarded a bonus. (101019)

All bonus payments are performance related. There are two types of bonus payment available within the Department for Transport.

Performance related bonus payments are designed to reward and reflect performance over a reporting year. The criteria for receiving these are reviewed on an annual basis.

Special performance bonus payments are intended to reward exceptional individual or team performance over a limited period in particularly demanding tasks or situations. These payments relate to specific tasks carried out exceptionally well: they are not intended to reflect continuous/sustained good performance throughout the year, which should be reflected in the performance appraisal system.