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Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many bonus payments were made in 2007-08 to (a) senior civil servants and (b) other staff of the Electoral Commission; and how much was paid in total. (257745)

The Electoral Commission informs me that there were 15 bonus payments to staff during 2007-08, totalling £23,145. The Electoral Commission is independent of Government and its staff are not civil servants.