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Departmental Pay

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) bonuses and (b) incentives have been paid to (i) consultants and (ii) contractors engaged by executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible in each of the last three years. (300634)

It is not DWP practice for the Department or its agencies and non-departmental public bodies to pay contractors bonuses or incentives. DWP follows National Audit Office advice which recommends that a variety of payment mechanisms should be used in contract pricing. This approach is also endorsed by the Office for Government Commerce in their Guide to Consultancy Pricing.