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Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

Volume 707: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 10 December 2008 (WA 5) concerning the payment of bonuses to certain officials of the Northern Ireland Office, where the relevant trade unions were consulted and whether their approval was sought or obtained. [HL599]

Relevant trade unions were consulted about the policies which determine the bonus schemes. Trade unions have no role in the approval process for the payment of bonuses to individual officials.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the criteria to determine which staff of the Northern Ireland Office are awarded a bonus in D2 to A grades. [HL748]

The Northern Ireland office has produced a code of practice and a guidance document in relation to the award of non-consolidated bonuses for staff at grades D2 to A. The operation of the special bonus scheme mirrors that of the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) and details are to be found in chapter 25 of the NICS staff handbook.

I have arranged for copies of these documents to be placed in the Library of the House.