House of Lords written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Aberavon Lord Morris of Aberavon Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government when the practice of paying bonuses to civil servants began; and what was the total paid in each year since 1997.

Photo of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, House of Lords, Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Civil Service reward systems have evolved over time and have featured performance-related payments for at least the past 20 years.

Non-consolidated performance payments (e.g. payments for outstanding delivery on particularly stretching objectives) became a common feature of Civil Service pay in 1996.

Information on the level of non-consolidated performance payments across the Civil Service is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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