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26 November 2009
Volume 501

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what (a) bonuses and (b) incentives have been paid to (i) consultants and (ii) contractors engaged by his Department in each year since his Department was established; [300649]

(2) 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 his Department is responsible in each of the last three years.

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Information on bonuses and incentives paid to consultants and contractors engaged by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is not held centrally and would incur disproportionate costs.

I have approached the chief executives of the Department's executive agencies and they will respond to the hon. Member directly.

Information on NDPBs is not held centrally and due to the volume of NDPBs, would incur disproportionate cost.

Letter from Gareth Jones, dated 26 November 2009:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 18 November 2009, UIN 300650, to the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

In the last three years Companies House has paid a one-off bonus of £50 each to 26 contractors on completion of the Companies Act Project. A contractual payment of £20,000 was also paid during this time as a final bonus payment to a consultant on completion of the Companies House Implementation Process System (CHIPS).

Letter from Sean Dennehey, dated 25 November 2009:

I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 18 November 2009, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Office has paid no incentives to consultants or contractors in any of the last three years. The Office also paid no bonuses to consultants or contractors in any of the last three years, with the single exception that in 2008/09 one IT contractor was paid a bonus of £705.

Letter from Sarah Glasspool for and on behalf of Peter Mason, dated 25 November 2009:

I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 18 November 2009, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The National Measurement Office has not paid any bonuses or incentives to consultants or contractors in the last three years.

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 26 November 2009:

The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has asked me to reply to your question 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 his Department is responsible in each of the last three years.

The Insolvency Service made one bonus payment in 2007 totalling £20,000 +VAT, paid to a contractor, against delivery milestones. There have been no other bonus payments made in the last three years.