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Departmental Pay

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 2 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) year end and (b) in year bonuses were paid to officials in his Department in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08; how many in year bonuses were paid in 2008-09; and how much was paid out in bonuses in each year. (301015)

The Department makes non-consolidated performance payments to its employees for two purposes: (a) year end non-consolidated performance payments to reward highly successful performance over a whole year; and (b) in year non-consolidated performance payments to reward outstanding contributions in particularly demanding tasks or situations. These figures cover all civil servants on standard terms. They are exclusive of two key senior staff in the Government Olympic Executive, who were appointed on non-standard terms with fixed term contracts ending in 2012 and whose remuneration reflects extensive relevant experience and the unique challenge of delivering the Olympics to a fixed deadline. Details of their remuneration were published in the departmental annual reports and accounts 2009. The data are set out in the table.

Number of year end non-consolidated performance payments

Number of in year non-consolidated performance payments

Total amount paid out (£)

2008-09

219

178

517,167

2007-08

235

144

520,713

2006-07

149

96

392,114