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Departmental Pay

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2007-08; what the total amount of bonuses paid was; what the largest single payment was; and if he will make a statement. (213304)

The number and value of annual appraisal-related bonuses paid to members of the senior civil service (SCS), to fixed term appointees and to civil servants below the level of the SCS covered by the MOD main pay deal (excluding trading funds and agencies), in 2007-08, are listed in tables 1 to 3 as follows. The Ministry of Defence also awards special bonuses to individuals and teams for exceptional performance in a specific task or for the achievement of professional qualifications which benefit MOD and the individual; these are shown in table 4. The final table (5) shows the total value of all bonuses paid in cash terms; it is not possible at this time to give the percentage of the work force to which this refers and this will be advised at the end of July.

Table 1: Bonuses paid to senior civil servants

2007-08

Number of bonuses paid

186

Value of bonuses paid (£)

1,325,700

Highest bonus payment (£)

17,600

Table 2: Bonuses paid to fixed term appointees

2007-08

Number of bonuses paid

116

Value of bonuses paid (£)

333,915

Highest bonus payment (£)

50,000

1 There is one outstanding bonus payment still to be agreed.

Table 3: End of year bonuses paid to staff below the level of the SCS (excluding MOD trading fund agencies

2007-08

Number of bonuses paid

52,193

Value of bonuses paid (£)

39,695,110

Highest bonus payment (£)

4,695

Table 4: Special bonuses (excluding MOD trading fund agencies)

2007-08

Number of staff who received bonus(es)

8,428

Value of bonuses paid (£)

3,455,124

Highest bonus payment (£)

2,000

Table 5: Summary of bonuses paid

Total

2007-08

Value of all bonuses paid (£)

44,589,288

Percentage of total civilian work force

1

1 Staff numbers taken from departmental end year accounts not yet available.

Substantive answer from Derek Twigg to Vincent Cable:

I undertook to write to you in answer to your Parliamentary Question of 21 July 2008, (Official Report, column 842-843W) about bonus payments.

I am now able to provide the percentage of the workforce who received a bonus payment in 2007-08. An updated Table 5 is shown below:

Table 5: Summary of bonuses paid

Total

2007-08

Value of all bonuses paid

£44,589,288

Percentage of total civilian workforce

72.5

The figures in the table represent bonuses paid to members of the Senior Civil Service (SCS), fixed term appointees, and to civil servants, covered by the MOD main pay deal, below the level of the SCS.

For the SCS, under the current arrangements delegated to departments from the Cabinet Office, bonuses are used to reward excellent performance during the year, and are based on a judgement of how well an individual has performed relative to their peers. The intention is that the best performers receive the biggest bonuses.

For the grades below the SCS, bonus awards are made on the judgement of local managers of an individual's contribution to the year's business objectives, relative to those of colleagues in the same pay band or skill zone. Individual recommendations for or against awards are made by line managers in accordance with corporate criteria and are subsequently reviewed and validated by senior officers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by special advisers in his Department in each of the last 10 years. (215231)

Procedures for reimbursing staff expenses are set out in the MOD policy manual and are in line with the provisions set out in the Civil Service Management Code. The code can be viewed at:

www.civilservice.gov.uk/iam/codes/csmc/index.asp.

As temporary civil servants special advisers are subject to the same rules.

The following table contains the total amount of reimbursable expenses claimed by MOD special advisers over the last 10 years.

Financial year

Total expenses (£)

1997-98

321.54

1998-99

444.33

1999-2000

1,685.83

2000-01

50.00

2001-02

182.42

2002-03

3,699.02

2003-04

3,040.12

2004-05

3,465.12

2005-06

1,104.57

2006-07

0

2007-08

44.00

These reimbursable expenses cover costs associated with travel, parking, accommodation, subsistence and the incidental expenses allowance claimed while on duty in UK and abroad.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by press officers in his Department and its agencies in each of the last three financial years. (221181)

This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Where authorised, reimbursable expenses are provided in line with MOD Guidance and wider Government regulations.