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Departments: Pay

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total sum of bonuses paid to civil servants in his Department was in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006. (121569)

Where it is available, the information requested is recorded in the following table, covering the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Within the Home Office and its Agencies there are separate arrangements for awarding bonuses. Staff may receive annual, appraisal-related awards based on their exceptional contribution throughout the year, or special bonuses for exceptional, specific work. Senior civil servants can be awarded bonuses as set out in the senior salaries review body report number 62.

Amount paid (£)

Number paid

Total staff (headcount)

2004-05

3,459,397

4,710

24,081

2005-06

3,612,916

5,014

25,343

Notes:1. The data for appraisal-related bonus payments are included only for Home Office HQ and Border and Immigration Agency (BIA). The data for the public sector Prison Service are excluded as they can be provided only at disproportionate cost. Identity and Passport Agency (IPS) does not run an appraisal-related bonus scheme. 2. Data for special bonus payments are included only for the Senior Civil Service (for the whole Department and its Agencies) and IPS for 2004-05 and 2005-06 for certain bonuses where information is available. 3. Data recorded for performance appraisal payments relate to the previous reporting year and not the financial year in which the bonuses themselves were paid. 4. Staffing data are for those in Home Office HQ and BIA and all senior civil servants in the Department and its Agencies. For 2004-05 and 2005-06 IPS staff are included.