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Departments: Pay

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many staff in her Department and its predecessor 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 was; what the largest single payment was; and if she will make a statement. (143102)

The Ministry of Justice employs staff previously employed on several sets of different terms and conditions, each with their own arrangements for bonus payments. The information provided in the following table relates to former DCA Senior Civil Service (SCS) and grades below SCS. It excludes magistrates courts staff who became civil servants within this Department in April 2005 and whose terms and conditions do not normally allow for payment of performance or special bonuses. It also excludes those staff in the Tribunals Service and who joined former DCA on 1 April 2006 for whom information is not currently available.

Information for Her Majesty’s Prison Service (below SCS) is provided.

Senior civil service bonuses received during the past five years for staff on former DCA terms and conditions

Paid in calendar year

Staff receiving bonuses

Proportion receiving bonuses (Percentage)

Total amount awarded (£)

Largest award (£)

2003

43

46

170,557

6,500

2004

69

72

268,900

11,200

2005

105

84

537,687

12,690

2006

118

79

821,750

17,500

20071

1 No bonuses have yet been paid to members of the SCS during 2007

Special bonuses received during the past five years for staff on former DCA terms and conditions (not SCS)

Paid in financial year

Staff receiving bonuses

Proportion receiving bonuses (Percentage)

Total amount awarded (£)

Largest award (£)

2002-03

995

7

253,258

2003-04

447

3.1

343,347

2004-05

1,649

11.6

412,898

5,304

2005-06

1,809

12.8

487,753

5,000

Notes:

1. Data show payments for each financial year from 2002-03. Comprehensive information is not yet available for 2006-07.

2. Data covering largest award are not available prior to 2004 when the current recognition and reward scheme was launched.

3. Proportions refer to the number of staff eligible to be awarded special bonuses under their terms and conditions (i.e. these exclude former Magistrates Courts Service Staff).

Performance bonuses awarded during the past five years to staff on former DCA terms and conditions (not SCS)

Paid in calendar year

Staff receiving bonuses

Proportion receiving bonuses (Percentage)

Total amount awarded (£)

Largest award (£)

2003

1,131

9.27

502,030

725

2004

1,430

9

572,000

400

2005

1,881

13.3

752,400

400

2006

1,995

14.1

798,000

400

2007

1,848

13.2

739,200

400

Notes:

1. Data referring to Proportion of staff receiving bonuses refer only to staff on relevant terms and conditions (i.e. only include former DCA and Court Service Staff but exclude staff on Magistrates Courts terms and conditions).

2. Prior to 2003 performance bonuses in former LCD were linked to grade—from 2004 a flat rate was applied.

HM Prison Service became an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice on 9 May 2007.

Information on the number and proportion of staff receiving special bonuses, the total amount of bonuses awarded and the largest payment in each year within the public sector Prison Service is contained in the following table:

Public sector prison service special bonuses recorded 2003-04 to June 2007

Paid in financial year

Staff receiving bonuses

Proportion receiving bonuses (Percentage)

Total amount awarded (£)

Largest award (£)

2002-03

1,268

3

463,449

4,000

2003-04

1,983

4

740,443

4,000

2004-05

3,375

7

868,594

5,000

2005-06

3,004

6

983,273

15,802

2006-07

2,432

5

873,141

5,000

April-June 07

518

1

250,453

20,000

Details of staff who joined the Ministry of Justice from the Home Office are currently being collated. Therefore it has not been possible to identify Ministry of Justice staff on former Home Office terms (including from the National Offender Management Service) who received bonuses under their previous schemes within the available timescales.