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Northern Ireland Office: Special Payments

Volume 704: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether an annual payment for danger has been paid to Northern Ireland Office civil servants living in Northern Ireland; if so, why; how much was paid; when the payments started; and, if they have stopped, when they stopped. [HL5579]

Since 1992, the Northern Ireland Office has paid a special allowance to all its administrative staff working in Northern Ireland. The allowance was introduced in recognition of the department's work in the law and order field.

The allowance, which has not been uprated since 1994, is in two parts: an annual amount, paid monthly, of £287 and a daily attendance allowance of £1.31 paid only to individuals who attend certain designated sites; this element is subject to a maximum of £287 in any one year.

A review of these allowances will commence shortly.