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Departmental Pay

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that temporary and permanent employees of his Department employed at the same grade receive the same hourly rate of pay. (248413)

The Department does not employ any permanent staff paid at an hourly rate. Since July 2008 temporary clerical and administrative workers are supplied from agencies to the Department under the Home Office Framework. The supplying agencies are selected by fair competition on the basis of value for money. The Department contracts with the supplying agencies and not their temporary employees.

The Department cannot interfere in the commercial relationship between an agency and its employee and so cannot ensure parity in the rates paid by the agency to its employee as compared with the Department's own employees.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by his Department on staff reward and recognition schemes in each of the last three years. (248710)

The Department operates a Long Service Award scheme—a reward of either a monetary nature or special leave, which is given to staff in recognition of having served for more than 20 years. The figures available for the monetary payments are presented as follows. The information about leave taken instead of payment is not held centrally and would incur disproportional cost to establish.

Period covered

£

Number

2006-07

3,200.00

16

2007-08

3,000.00

15

2008-09 to December

2,200.00

10

Total

8,400.00

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