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Departmental Pay

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid in discretionary bonuses to staff in her Department in each of the last five years. (187251)

Within Home Office Headquarters and the Border and Immigration Agency discretionary bonuses may be awarded in the form of annual, appraisal-related awards based on exceptional contribution throughout the year; or special bonuses for exceptional outstanding achievements by staff in particularly demanding tasks or situations. senior civil servants can be awarded bonuses as set out in the Senior Salaries Review Body report number 62.

The following table provides information about the amount paid in end of year bonuses (annual appraisal related) in the last five years, and includes information for senior civil servants across the Home Office Group, and staff working within Home Office Headquarters and the Border and Immigration Agency. It does not include figures for special bonuses, as this is not available without incurring disproportionate costs.

Amount paid (£)

2002-03

2,067,878

2003-04

3,361,516

2004-05

4,287,676

2005-06

4,449,667

2006-07

4,135,2241

1 Figures for 2006-07 are subject to some change as data is 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:

Appraisal bonus

Special bonus

2003-04

388,874

12,375

2004-05

731,484

23,060

2005-06

1,068,482

41,663

2006-07

1,253,045

106,219

2007-08 ytd

71,799

Staff in the Criminal Records Bureau do not receive end of year bonuses. Staff do receive special bonus payments but this information is not available without incurring disproportionate costs.

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 this data is possible only at disproportionate cost.