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Departmental Pay

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 such bonuses in each such year. (307108)

Non-consolidated performance payments are made to staff in the senior civil service in line with Cabinet Office guidance and also to staff at grades D2 to A in line with HM Treasury guidance. These payments are made to reward performance throughout the previous reporting year.

Under a separate scheme, non-consolidated special performance payments are awarded to staff to reward particularly meritorious contributions throughout the year.

The total amount of non-consolidated performance payments made to Northern Ireland Office (NIO) staff since 2006 is shown in the following tables.

Number of non-consolidated year end performance payments

Number of payments

Total amount (£)

2006-07

324

557,000.00

2007-08

1409

609,875.00

2008-09

563

599,048.50

1 This figure does not include non-consolidated performance payments made by the Northern Ireland Prison Service to staff below senior civil service.

Number of in-year special performance payments

Number of payments

Total amount (£)

2006-07

891

174,882.00

2007-08

809

227,349.48

2008-09

996

260,865.00