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Departmental Pay

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2009, Official Report, column 852W, on departmental pay, how many staff in his Department received a salary of more than £100,000 in each year since 1997. (282769)

The following table presents the data, which is derived from departmental reports for the years as requested.

In post date

Number of staff earning a salary over £100,000 on that date

1 April 2008

71

1 April 2007

72

1 April 2006

64

1 April 2005

71

1 April 2004

56

1 April 2003

52

1 April 2002

39

1 April 2001

30

1 April 2000

23

1 April 1999

16

1 April 1998

12

1 April 1997

8

These figures include secondees from the Department out to other organisations but not secondees from external organisations into the Department. Salaries included base pay and pay-related allowances but not bonuses. The figure for 1 April 2007 has been corrected from that given in the 2008 departmental report as that figure did not include allowances.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2009, Official Report, column 852W, on departmental pay, what position each of the 71 senior civil servants holds; and what their average salary is. (282770)

The average (mean) salary of the 71 civil servants mentioned in the answer of 23 June 2009, Official Report, column 852W, about departmental pay was £135,740.

The positions held by those 71 civil servants are listed as follows:

3 Permanent Secretaries

10 Directors General

35 Directors

5 Deputy Directors

18 Doctors employed by the Department on NHS pay terms.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) sections of his Department and (b) non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible have requested money saved from efficiency savings to be used for increased pay in their 2009 pay offers to staff. (282893)

The Department and its two agencies (the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency) are currently in a three-year pay settlement covered by the Pay Remit process. Discussions took place with trade unions in May 2009 about the possibility of recycling efficiency savings into the pay deal under the terms of the remit guidance but it was clear that the scale of efficiency savings required by the remit would not allow this. Hence, the decision was taken not to request money for 2009.

The Department has 10 executive non-departmental public bodies (ENDPBs). Of the eight ENDPBs covered by the Pay Remit process none has requested money saved from efficiency savings to be used for increased pay in their 2009, pay offers to staff. Two ENDPBs were granted leave by HM Treasury to apply the nationally agreed Agenda for Change three year pay settlement.