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Departmental Pay

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost. (226431)

The Department for Transport comprises a central department plus seven executive agencies each with its own pay and reward system. Information regarding bonus payments has been collected from the central department and five agencies and collated in to one set of figures for the 2007-08 financial year:

Number of staff receiving bonus

Total amount of bonuses paid (£)

2007-08

6,510

3,844,107

The figures exclude data for DVLA and VOSA. The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The Department is committed to rewarding good performance. Bonuses are paid in respect of overall performance or exceptional performance on a specific task or at a specific time. They encourage high attainment because they have to be earned each year, motivating staff and supporting better public service delivery.