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Departmental Pay

Volume 477: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by Senior Civil Service staff in his Department and its agencies in the last 12-month period for which figures are available. (187539)

The Department does not routinely analyse staff expenses by grade of staff as this is not a requirement of our statutory reporting. A considerable manual exercise would need to be undertaken to separate the expenses of each member of the Senior Civil Service from those of other staff in order to provide this information. Such an exercise would incur disproportionate costs.

Similarly, information by grade on the expenses of staff employed in the Department's agencies is not routinely collected.

Departments and agencies have authority to reimburse expenses incurred by their staff in connection with their employment, subject to the conditions set out in section 8 of the Civil Service Management Code which state that Departments and agencies must:

reimburse staff only for expenses which they actually and necessarily incur in the course of official business;

comply with the additional conditions and rules on travel, relocation expenses, compensation for loss or damage to property, and overseas expenses set out in sections 8.2 to 8.6 of the Code; and

ensure that their rules provide for claiming recompense, including verification and authorisation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of employees in his Department who received a performance-related bonus at their last appraisal were (a) male, (b) female, (c) from an ethnic minority, (d) disabled and (e) not heterosexual; and if he will make a statement. (208379)

The figures requested are provided in the following table:


Number receiving bonuses

Proportion of bonuses to this group (percentage)







Ethnic minorities1






All recipients of bonuses



1 Where ethnicity is recorded. 2 Where disabled status is recorded. Notes: 1. Ethnicity type is unknown in 21 cases where bonuses were awarded. 2. Disability status is unknown in 15 cases where bonuses were awarded.

Information on civil servants’ sexual orientation is not currently collected or published.