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Gil Paterson (Scottish National Party) | Question S3W-37157

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-28850 by John Swinney on 17 February 2010, what the latest position is on the waiving of non-consolidated performance payments (bonuses) by chief executives of non-departmental public bodies and public corporations covered by the Scottish Government’s Public Sector Pay Policy in 2010-11 and 2009-10.

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John Swinney (Scottish National Party)

37 chief executives are covered by the Scottish Government’s Public Sector Pay Policy for Senior Appointments in 2010-11. Of these, 12 chief executives are not eligible to be considered for a non-consolidated performance payment this pay year. Remuneration proposals in respect of a further 12 have either yet to be submitted or have yet to be approved. Of those with a non-consolidated performance payment arrangement in their contract who have had their 2010-11 remuneration proposals approved, all have either waived their right to be considered for such a payment or have waived their bonus in whole or in part.

36 chief executives are covered by the pay policy in 2009-10. Of these, 10 chief executives were not eligible to be considered for a non-consolidated performance payment in that pay year. Remuneration proposals in respect of a further three have yet to be considered by the Scottish Government. Of the remaining 23 chief executives with a non-consolidated performance payment arrangement in their contract whose 2009-10 remuneration proposals have been approved so far, nine have now indicated they are waiving all or part of any non-consolidated performance payment awarded to them in 2009-10.

In waiving some or all of their non-consolidated performance payment, chief executives of non-departmental public bodies and public corporations are showing leadership by setting an example of restraint in a tough fiscal environment. I welcome this and thank them for taking that initiative.

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