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Departments: Pay

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at the Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was. (146498)

The numbers and values of annual appraisal related bonuses paid to members of the senior civil service (SCS) and to fixed term appointees at SCS equivalent level over the past four years are listed in tables 1 and 2. We are only able to provide information from 2003-04 as pay arrangements for SCS staff were changed from 1 April 2002; bonuses for performance during 2002-03 were paid in 2003-04. Bonuses for performance in 2006-07 are in the process of agreement through the MOD SCS Pay Committee structure and will be paid in November 2007.

Bonuses are designed to reward those who are deemed to have made the greatest contribution, through specific in-year achievements, to departmental objectives or defence business more widely.

Table 1: bonuses paid to senior civil servants

Number of bonuses paid

Value of bonuses paid (£)

2006-07

181

1,178,500

2005-06

184

918,000

2004-05

136

711,737

2003-04

140

701,221

Table 2: bonuses paid to senior fixed term appointees

Number of bonuses paid

Value of bonuses paid (£)

2006-07

10

73,191

2005-06

10

65,586

2004-05

14

112,329

2003-04

13

86,531