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Departmental Pay

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on bonuses for press officers within his Department in each of the last five years; and how many such bonuses were awarded. (258512)

Such information as is available for press officers is shown in the table.

Number of bonuses

Total cost (£)

2005-06

8

9,659

2006-07

12

8,780

2007-08

10

9,250

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport makes bonus payments to its staff for two purposes: (a) special bonuses to reward outstanding contributions in particularly demanding tasks or situations, and (b) performance bonuses to reward successful performance over a whole year.

To provide historical information requested for earlier periods than shown would incur disproportionate cost.