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Departmental Pay

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years. (171543)

The former Department of Trade and Industry awarded end-year performance awards to Highly Successful performers as part of the annual pay award.

Based on the information available, in the last five years the total amount of Annual Performance Awards is in the table as follows.

Annual Performance Awards 2

Financial year 1

Total value 3 (£)











1 Financial year running from 1 April to 31 March.

2 The Annual Performance Awards for non-SCS staff are paid on a non-consolidated, non-pensionable basis and do not increase the Department’s pay-bill costs each year. For the SCS the Senior Salaries Review Body determines the level of expenditure to cover bonuses.

3 Performance awards make up 1.5 per cent. or less of the Department’s pay bill.

The agencies of BERR are Companies House and the Insolvency Service. Information on their bonus payments is an operational matter for the chief executives of BERR agencies and I have asked them to reply to the hon. Member direct. A copy of their replies will be placed in the Libraries of the House.