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Departmental Pay

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and how much was spent on such bonuses in each of those years. (249852)

End of year bonus payments in the Ministry of Justice have been paid to high performing staff to reflect their individual contribution during the previous performance year.

For members of the senior civil service, bonuses have been allocated by the Departmental Pay Committees in accordance with guidelines issued by Cabinet Office each year following Senior Salaries Review Body recommendations. Within the overall policy agreed across Government, Ministers are not involved in anyway in the determination of bonuses to individual civil servants.

As pay determination is retrospective, 2008 was the first year in which the Ministry of Justice paid awards to SCS staff following the creation of the Ministry in 2007. In 2008, 159 bonuses were paid to members of the senior civil service in the Ministry of Justice at a total cost of £1,648,000.

In 2007, pay determination was undertaken by the Departments that existed prior to the creation of the Ministry. For the former Department of Constitutional Affairs, 116 bonuses were paid to members of the senior civil service at a cost of £866,500. Staff from the Home Office who transferred to the Ministry of Justice upon its creation in May 2007 will be included in the answer provided by the Home Office.