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Departments: Pay

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at her Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was. (146499)

The information for the number and total amount paid to senior civil service bonus payments within the Department for Transport is only available from 2004 onwards and is as follows:

Number

Total cost (£)

2004

65

326,000

2005

105

492,000

2006

140

882,000

Under current arrangements, bonuses are used to reward excellent performance during the year and are based on a judgment on how well an individual has performed relative to their peers. The intention is the best performers receive the biggest bonus payments.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in her Department in the last three years; and at what total cost. (146978)

The number and total cost of non-pensionable bonuses awarded to member of staff in the Department for Transport in the last three years is as follows:

Number of bonuses awarded

Total value of these bonuses (£)

2004-05

5,652

1,690,379

2005-06

6,343

2,458,701

2006-07

8,876

4,361,708