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Departmental Pay

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) bonuses and (b) incentives have been paid to (i) consultants and (ii) contractors engaged by his Department in each of the last three years. (300653)

The information is as follows.

(a) Neither the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, its Executive agencies (FCO Services and Wilton Park) or its non-departmental public bodies make bonus payments to consultants or individual contractors.

(b) Incentive regimes are rarely used for contracts with consultants and individual contractors. If incentives are included in a contract they are negotiated on a case- by-case basis taking care to ensure value for money. No central record is maintained of such contractual provisions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what bonus schemes for its staff his Department operates; and what the purpose is of those schemes. (301559)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) operates two types of bonus scheme.

The main scheme is purely performance related, based on the previous year’s appraisal. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage excellent individual performance and achievement during the year.

We also operate an in-year bonus scheme for staff below the senior civil service only.

The scheme is designed to give managers scope to recognise specific examples of good performance, which contribute towards the achievement of the FCO, directorate general, directorate or mission’s objectives.