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Departmental Pay

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years for which information is available; what proportion of the total workforce they represented; what the total amount of bonuses paid was; what the largest single payment was; and if he will make a statement. (300380)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses were paid to officials in his Department in each of the last three years; and how much was paid in each year; (302780)

(2) how much funding his Department has allocated for (a) year-end and (b) in-year bonuses in 2009-10.

The following table sets out the information requested on performance awards paid by HM Treasury in 2008-09. For information on prior years I refer the hon. Members to the answer given by the then Exchequer Secretary, my hon. Friend the Member for Wallasey (Angela Eagle) on 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 164W.

HM Treasury performance awards 2008-09

Expenditure incurred

Performance award (£000)


Special performance award (£000)


Number of staff receiving a bonus

Performance award


Special performance award


Percentage of staff receiving a bonus2

Performance award


Special performance award


Largest single award (£000)


1 In addition, one award was made to a member of staff on secondment to a private sector organisation that subsequently reimbursed the Department.

2 Based on FTE headcount at 31 March 2009.