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Departmental Pay

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of (a) salaries for permanent Civil Service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) payments to temporary or agency workers in his Department was in each month since May 2005. (199622)

The costs for the financial years 2005-06 and 2006-07 are as follows:

£ million

2005-06

2006-07

Permanent civil service staff

1,809

1,803

Permanent non-civil service staff

258

246

Temporary/agency staff

377

504

Figures are derived from the annual report and accounts and reflect personnel employed within the Departmental Boundary for the Annual Accounts, and therefore exclude Trading Funds.

The figure for permanent non-civil service staff includes locally engaged civilians employed overseas, and Ministers. The figure for temporary and agency staff includes both directly employed casual staff and payments to contractors for agency staff. Monthly figures could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what allowances and bonuses civilian staff receive for being located to (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan. (203209)

Civil servants deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan receive two operational allowances and one grant. The operational deployment allowance reflects the day-to-day challenges and hardships of life in an operational theatre compared to the normal living and working environment. The operational working allowance, which differs depending on location and grade, reflects the significantly longer hours associated with operational posts. Finally, an operational deployment grant covers the additional cost of suitable clothing, personal effects and luggage for the area of deployment.

There are no bonuses awarded specifically for being located in Iraq or Afghanistan but service here counts towards the consideration of annual performance awards in the same way as all other Ministry of Defence civil servants.