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Departmental Pay

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years. (171531)

End of year bonus payments for staff in Home Office headquarters, the Border and Immigration Agency, and for senior civil servants across the Home Office are linked to performance appraisals. The following table provides the amount paid in end of year bonuses to these staff in the last four years:

Amount paid (£)

2002-03

2,067,878

2003-04

3,361,516

2004-05

4,287,676

2005-06

4,449,667

Figures for 2006-07 are subject to some change as data are not yet complete.

Staff in the Identity and Passport Service receive end of year corporate bonuses, and change agent bonuses. As the corporate bonuses were only introduced in 2003-04 the following table provides information for the last four years only:

Amount paid (£)

2003-04

388,874

2004-05

731,484

2005-06

1,068,482

2006-07

1,253,045

Staff in the Criminal Records Bureau do not receive end of year bonuses.

Data are not available from the Prison Service, who were formally an agency of the Home Office prior to transferring to the Ministry of Justice, as obtaining these data is possible only at disproportionate cost.